June 11 (Reuters) – European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Friday there are serious economic and social risks stemming from the global financial crisis and the recession, but Europe should be able to overcome them.
“There are serious economic and social risks, risks of populism and defeatism. But I think Europe will overcome those,” Barroso told reporters in Lisbon.
He said earlier he believed that the crisis could lead to better European integration.
(Reporting by Andrei Khalip and Daniel Alvarenga; Editing by John Stonestreet)