As an alumnus of the College of Europe in Bruges I periodically get e-mails on the student e-mail lists. This one has recently reached me:
Following the recent elections for the European Parliament, the nomination of the Commission’s President is now on the European Agenda.
The European Movement (www.europeanmovement.eu) has launched a petition supporting the re-appointment of the President José Manuel Barroso. In this important historical movement, we invite you to visit the petition’s website and to sign it: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/manifesto27
Whatever your feelings are, you are also invited to participate in the debate promoted by the European Movement through the blog www.barroso2.blogspot.com
The problem is that the e-mail is completely false. The European Movement has no view for or against Barroso. I happen to be the webmanager of European Movement and they are not associated with either of those sites. Indeed the blog looks bland and amateurish.
This follows on from the hacking attacks against Anyone But Barroso from Portuguese IP addresses.
So what is the Barroso team up to? Or are supporters of his taking matters into their own hands? Or are people queuing up for jobs in his cabinet or something?
You can alternatively give your opinion on Barroso at eu2009.cz – currently running at 76% against Barroso.