President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso calls for a “European consensus” among national leaders.
Speaking on priorities for the European Council at the end of June, Mr Barroso addressed the challenges facing Europe, especially youth unemployment and the ongoing economic crisis.
“If we do not pull together, we will be pulled apart,” he said. “We need a consensus built on practical steps to resolve the crisis. A consensus not just on the need for growth and jobs, but on the means to achieve this.”
He called for agreement on action to make Europe both more competitive and more socially inclusive.
“Such a consensus is not just a political formula. It is of critical importance for economic confidence for investors and for consumers,” he said.