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Friendship with Chávez “a necessary evil” for Portugal’s Sócrates

Chávez's overtures made Sócrates (right) uncomfortable.

Wikileaks cables show how his relationship with Chávez left Sócrates concerned both at relations with Washington and the well-being of the Portuguese community in Venezuela.

September 19th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Portugal News, Wikileaks | Read More »

Thrifty newcomer may be just the ticket in profligate Portugal

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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 »

Spain and Portugal’s right shun austerity and Brussels – for now

Iberia’s main opposition parties have refused to back the painful cuts advocated by their countries’ Socialist administrations. This may win them votes, but with the chance to take power soon, both conservative parties will soon have to take some tough decisions.

March 29th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

Bailout beckons as Portugal’s Sócrates resigns

José Sócrates failed to convince other political parties of the need for further cuts.

Portugal moves a step closer to a Greek-style crisis as the Socialist prime minister steps down after an unsuccessful congressional vote on measures to cut the deficit.

March 24th, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Portugal News | Read More »

History repeats in Portugal

Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates successfully cleaned up messy budget deficits when he came to power in 2005. But dealing with the deficit may not be quite so easy this time around.

February 26th, 2010 | Posted in Business | Read More »

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