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Investment bank Goldman Sachs:

Barroso hire not related to Brexit

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Jose Manuel Barroso served as the European Commission President
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US investment bank Goldman Sachs said Friday that its hiring of former European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso was not related to Britain's decision to exit the European Union.

A day after French President Francois Hollande labeled Barroso's new job as "morally unacceptable" because he would be advising the bank on Brexit issues, Goldman stressed that the recruitment was done prior to the June 23 British referendum.

"That decision had nothing to do with the outcome of the Brexit vote," the bank said in a statement.

"Indeed, we began our discussions at a time when the prevailing view was that the Remain campaign would succeed, an outcome we would have preferred and publicly supported." 

Since Goldman announced on July 8 that Barroso would be non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs International, the former Portuguese prime minister has come under withering criticism.

Barroso headed the executive arm of the 28-nation EU from 2004 to 2014. European politicians say that his inside knowledge of EU affairs, in light of Britain's shock vote to break with the union, could lead to potential conflicts of interest.

The US bank stressed Friday that Barroso would help advise its clients in Europe and around the world on a range of issues. 

Hollande's condemnation was the strongest yet. Barroso would be assisting a bank which "advised the Greek government and dressed up the deficit figures it gave to the European Union several years ago," he said.

Barroso, Hollande also recalled, was in charge of the EU's executive arm at the time of the subprime crisis "of which Goldman Sachs was one of the main banks (responsible)".

France's Minister for Europe Harlem Desir said on Wednesday Barroso was "helping anti-Europeans".

"I solemnly appeal for him to give up the post," Desir told the French parliament.

Source: AFP

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