EU Leader: Federal Europe to Become 'a Reality'

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Jose Manuel Barroso, the most powerful leader in the European Union, says Europe will become a united political federation within the next few years.
The European Commission president is laying out plans for an "intensified political union" that matches the economic cooperation in the EU. That includes plans for an elected "president of Europe."

"This is about the economic and monetary union but for the EU as a whole," The London Telegraph quoted Barroso as saying. "The commission will, therefore, set out its views and explicit ideas for treaty change in order for them to be debated before the European elections."

"We want to put all the elements on the table, in a clear and consistent way, even if some of them may sound like political science fiction today. They will be reality in a few years' time," he vowed.

The Telegraph reports Barroso will call for efforts to create a "European federation" before the next EU parliamentary elections in 2014.

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