José Manuel Barroso

Former President of the European Commission
“In historic terms, I would say the most important moment for the European Union was the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Because it enabled European Union to unite. Until then, we were just part of Europe, the European Union. Today, we are united all Europe that wants to be part, so that’s important. No one is a member of the European Union against its own will.” -José Manuel Barroso
Time Question
0:02 Do you identify as a European?
0:30 What was your formative European moment?
3:11 What was the worst moment in recent European history?
4:09 What was the best moment in recent European history?
5:05 Could you elaborate on your experience of the Fall of the Berlin Wall?
6:30 What was your most important European moment?
8:59 What is the single most important thing the EU has done for you personally?
10:16 What would you most like the EU to have achieved by 2030?
12:16 What do you think is dangerous about the world today?
14:09 What role do you think the EU could play in these issues of global policy?
15:05 Do you think that it has advantages compared to the UN for example?
16:47 In 2007 you compared the EU to a non-imperial empire. What did you mean by that?
19:50 What do you believe represents the greatest threat to EU disintegration?
22:24 How do you respond to the belief that the EU is a threat to the nation?
25:16 How do you think the generations born before and after 1989 perceive the EU?
28:29 Surveys have found older generations to be more skeptical of the EU than younger generations. Why do you think this is?