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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

EU Commission: Bloc needs long-term plan now

Barroso

By SARAH DiLORENZO

BRUSSELS — The head of the European Union’s executive body urged the region’s leaders on Wednesday to show the world that they were ready to move closer together to resolve their debt crisis.

Jose Manuel Barroso told the European Parliament that the continent is facing a “defining moment,” and he said the only way to save the union was to make it stronger and tighter.

He spoke as concerns that the group of the 17 countries that use the euro could soon fracture and that more countries might ask for a bailout rose to a fever pitch.

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