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Old 12-19-2007, 09:32 AM
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Default Re: Jesuit-Trained Movers and Shakers

José Manuel Durão Barroso, GCC (pronounced [ʒuˈzɛ mɐnuˈɛɫ duˈɾɐ̃ũ bɐˈʁozu] listen (help·info)) (born in Lisbon, March 23, 1956) is a Portuguese politician and the 11th President of the European Commission, being the first Portuguese person to hold the post. He served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 6 April 2002 until 29 June 2004, when he resigned to become President-designate of the European Commission. The appointment was formally endorsed by the European Parliament on July 22, and he was due to take over officially from Romano Prodi on 1 November 2004. However, this process was delayed until 23 November due to problems regarding parliamentary approval of the Barroso Commission.

He graduated in law from the University of Lisbon (Universidade de Lisboa) and has an MSc in Economic and Social Sciences from the University of Geneva (Institut Européen de l'Université de Genève) in Switzerland. His academic career continued as an Assistant Professor in the Law School of the University of Lisbon. He did research for a Ph.D at Georgetown University and Georgetown's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C.. He is a 1998 graduate of the Georgetown Leadership Seminar[citation needed]. Back in Lisbon, Barroso became Director of the Department for International Relations at Lusíada University (Universidade Lusíada).

Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, President of the European Commission and former Prime Minister of Portugal, is a member of the GLS class of 1998. He was also instrumental in planning the
successful GLS 1999 reunion held in Lisbon.

Barroso, who was a professor and director of the Department of International Relations at Universidade Lusiada in Lisbon as well as the Chairman of the Commission of Foreign Affairs in the Portuguese parliament when he attended GLS, went on to become Prime Minister in 2002. Pedro Santana Lopes, GLS’86 , succeded Barroso as Prime Minister and Rui Gomes da Silva (‘01) is the current Minister of Parliamentary Affairs.
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