Politics 11 January 2013 “This is not fair because it was not the European Union that created the problems” Business quote of the day. Print HTML “This is not fair because it was not the European Union that created the problems” Jose Manuel Barroso denies that the European Union is to blame for the tough austerity measures implemented by governments across the continent. The president of the European Commission said “irresponsible financial behaviour” and “excessive public debt” must bear responsibility for the economic difficulties. › Philip Larkin on the life of his greatest influence, Thomas Hardy Jose Manuel Barroso. Photograph: Getty Images Helen Roxburgh is the online editor of Economia Subscribe More Related articles An unmatched font of knowledge Leader: On capitalism and insecurity Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?