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Europe is urged to embrace globalization

BRUSSELS — Divided on how to revive its stagnant economy and protect its culture from a feared onslaught by Hollywood, Europe must shun “reactionary” opposition to globalization, the head of the European Union’s executive arm said in a strikingly robust critique of French-led efforts to limit the scope of a trade pact with the United States.

José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, speaking before a meeting on Monday with President Obama and other leaders of the Group of Eight industrial nations, described the commission as one of the “champions of trade liberalization in the world.”

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