Barroso to visit Greece as turmoil continues

BRUSSELS – European commission president Jose Manuel Barroso will visit Greece Thursday in his first trip to the country since the outbreak of the financial crisis.

President Barroso will meet Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to “discuss the overall situation in Europe and obviously particularly focusing on Greece,” a commission spokesperson said Tuesday (24 July).The spokesperson played down the significance of the meeting by saying it was part of “regular contacts” between the commission president and EU leaders.

But the economic and political context make the meeting anything but regular.The spokesperson played down the significance of the meeting by saying it was part of “regular contacts” between the commission president and EU leaders.

But the economic and political context make the meeting anything but regular.

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