Regions / Portugal
After a year of earthshaking victories and devastating setbacks, Europe's new progressive parties are slowly learning how to balance governance with activism.
The new left coalition government has pledged to loosen the grip of austerity on Portugal.
A likely vote of no confidence in Portugal’s hard-right government will signify whether voters in the EU can still choose their own government.
In Portugal’s elections, Left parties garnered more than 50 percent of the vote and austerity took a major hit.
In upcoming votes for the EU's most indebted countries, the left will have to battle both the forces of austerity and a resurgent xenophobic right.
It's a new kind of barbarism, one that sacks countries with fine print.
The European debt crisis has little to do with poor budgeting and everything to do with crony capitalism.
Yes, the far right performed well in Europe's elections. But wherever voters had a clear choice between economic democracy and right-wing xenophobia, they went left.
In order to qualify for the next loan installment, Prime Minister Coelho must convince the European Union and the IMF that he can make draconian cuts.