Regions / Portugal
Voters can't tell the difference between the center left and the center right, and they don't want either.
Ireland is a small player, but it has much to teach its neighbors now suffering extremism, division, and debt.
If Europe's economic situation fails to improve, the far right will be waiting to pounce again with their easy answers: nationalism and racism.
For leftist critics of the EU, reform looks unlikely — but aligning with right-wing Euroskeptics looks worse. Maybe there's a third option.
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.