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Pedro Passos Coelho

Pedro Passos Coelho

How do you impose the toughest austerity measures a country has experienced in more than three decades and increase your popularity ratings at the same time? Ask Pedro Passos Coelho, Portugal’s spendthrift but widely admired prime minister. Elected in June in a historic victory for his centre-right Social Democratic Party, the seemingly impermeable Passos Coelho […]

December 12th, 2011 | Posted in Iberians 2011 | Read More »

Thrifty newcomer may be just the ticket in profligate Portugal

Passos Coelho

Portuguese voters have swung to the centre right in an election focused on the country’s economic woes and IMF bailout.

June 8th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Portugal News | Read More »

Portugal gets bailout as Sócrates eyes reelection

José Sócrates: down, but not out?

When Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates resigned in March after his debt-reducing austerity plan was thrown out of the Lisbon parliament many people thought it would be the end of the once popular leftist leader. They may have been wrong.

May 4th, 2011 | Posted in Business, Portugal News | Read More »

Portugal’s history echoes down the ages

Lisbon is a modern, relatively prosperous capital, yet the rest of the country lags woefully behind the EU’s average GDP per capita. Photo: Andrew Eatwell

In ‘The Portuguese: A Modern History’, Barry Hatton has written a lively and rigorous account of how a nation that is so often overlooked has come through disaster, dictatorship, revolution and economic mismanagement.

March 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Books, Culture, Featured, Portugal News | Read More »

Portugal’s debt: a tale of pride and prejudice

Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates still has plenty to ponder. Photo: José Goulao.

Portuguese officials continue to insist they can keep the threat of a bailout at bay with their current austerity push. However, that does not mean the markets will be convinced.

February 24th, 2011 | Posted in Business, Portugal News | Read More »

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