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MEPs to debate State of the Union with Barroso

Where's the EU heading? Listen to EC President and MEPs and join the debate

Commission President Barroso faces political group leaders and MEPs on Wednesday at 09.00 to deliver his annual State of the Union speech. They expect him to show determination to resist the retrenching tendencies of various member states, and will press the need for a fully-financed long-term EU budget to help lift Europe out of the crisis. They will also warn the Commission that it must propose ambitious legislation, even though this may not go down well in certain capitals. For Twitter updates, follow the hashtags #ep and #SOTEU.

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