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EU chief Jose Manuel Barroso on the future of Europe

12 September 2012 Last updated at 16:15 BST

EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has said that the EU will remain "highly relevant" to the people of Europe for years to come.

In a wide-ranging interview with the BBC's Shaun Ley Mr Barroso said he expected a strong recovery from the current economic woes in the eurozone, and defended the democratic credentials of the European institutions.