• Anti-Austerity Geringonça in Portugal

    A new word has arisen in the European political debate: Geringonça. This new Portuguese political term geringonça (contraption), refers to the current minority government of the Socialist Party (center-left) supported in the parliament by radical left parties. The name Geringonça was coined by its conservative critics but became popular and is also used by supporters. … Keep reading »

  • Portugal’s Political Impasse

    The election of conservative candidate Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa as Portugal’s new president on January 24 (with 51.99 per cent of the vote and a 48.84 per cent voter turnout) adds a new element to the existing ‘tripolar’ situation, which may be analyzed as follows. First, we have a Socialist Party (SP) government, serving alongside … Keep reading »

  • Surge in Portuguese Left Bloc Support Puts Socialist Party on the Spot

    Will Portugal finally see the end of austerity as administered for four years by the right-wing coalition (known as Portugal Ahead) composed of the Social-Democratic Party (PSD) and Democratic and Social Centre-People’s Party (CDS-PP)? In the country’s legislative October 4 elections this governing alliance, running for the first time as a single ticket called Portugal … Keep reading »

  • Portugal’s Left Bloc Confronts Austerity

    Interview with Francisco Louçã Francisco Louçã is an economics professor at Lisbon’s Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão. He is the author of numerous books and essays including “Ensaio para uma Revolução” (Rehearsal of a Revolution); “As Time Goes By – From the Industrial Revolution to the Information Revolution,” with Chris Freeman; Portugal Agrilhoado – A … Keep reading »

  • Portugal: “I Prefer the Horses in My Lasagne to the Donkeys in the Government”

    On Saturday, 2 March 2013, “Que Se Lixe a Troika” (Fuck the Troika) demonstrations represented a qualitative as well as quantitative shift for the anti-austerity movement in Portugal. In more than 40 towns and cities across Portugal, 1.5 million people (800,000 in Lisbon) took to the streets against the government’s slavish submission to the dictates … Keep reading »

  • Crisis and Resistance in Portugal

    A day before the right wing coalition government in Portugal was to vote through its 2013 budget, the German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble met his Portuguese counterpart Vitor Gaspar and proclaimed, “Portugal is on the right path and is, for all of us in the Eurozone, a brilliant example that the approach we have been … Keep reading »

  • Portugal: Left Bloc Fires up to Fight Austerity

    When the 548 delegates to the seventh national convention of Portugal’s Left Bloc came together in a vast sports hall in Lisbon over May 7-8, they had two big questions to answer. The first was what alternative should they propose at the June 5, 2011, Portuguese elections to the €78-billion (about $108-billion CAD) “rescue package” … Keep reading »