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      February 4, 2016

      Brussels Briefing: Ireland and the bailout jinx

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      January 25, 2016

      Brussels Briefing: The Left also rises?

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    1. Investing in Portugal

      Growth is vital for dealing with problems such as a fragile banking sector and a poten...
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    1. The World

      January 25, 2016

      Brussels Briefing: The Left also rises?

      This is the Friday edition of our new Brussels Briefing. To receive it every morning in your email in-box, sign up...

    2. December 1, 2015

      Portugal: backlash against austerity unites divided left

      In Portugal’s biggest political upheaval for a generation, moderate Socialists and hardline Communists agreed this...

    3. November 23, 2015

      Portugal president insists new government complies with EU rules

      Portugal’s president has insisted on guarantees that a new government supported by the far left will comply with EU...

    4. The World

      November 18, 2015

      Little margin for error in Portugal

      I have a confession to make. After Portugal’s October 4 parliamentary elections, I wrote that Pedro Passos Coelho, the...

    5. November 10, 2015

      Socialists set for power in Portugal as left topples government

      A Socialist government supported by the far left is set to take power in Portugal after defeating a shortlived minority...

    6. November 8, 2015

      Leftwing alliance set to topple Portugal’s government

      An unprecedented alliance between Portugal’s opposition Socialists (PS) and the far left is poised to bring down the...

    7. October 23, 2015

      Portugal faces months of political upheaval

      A divided Portugal, torn between keeping to a narrow path of fiscal rigour or “turning the page on austerity”, faces...

    8. October 22, 2015

      Passos Coelho asked to form minority government in Portugal

      Pedro Passos Coelho, the centre-right prime minister who lost his parliamentary majority in Portugal’s inconclusive...

    9. October 15, 2015

      Portugal’s borrowing costs rise after inconclusive election

      Portugal’s inability to form a government following national elections has resulted in a market sell-off that has...

    10. October 11, 2015

      Portugal’s socialists explore leftist alliance

      Portugal’s opposition Socialists (PS) are exploring the possibility of forming a government backed by anti-euro...

    11. October 5, 2015

      Four takeaways from the Portuguese general election

      Portugal’s centre-right government alliance emerged as the biggest political force in Sunday’s general election, but...

    12. October 5, 2015

      Pedro Passos Coelho — Portugal’s PM defies the austerity curse

      For much of the eurozone’s 16-year existence, the Juncker curse has hung over political leaders like some unanswerable...

    13. October 5, 2015

      Jitters as Passos Coelho prepares for minority rule in Portugal

      Portugal faces a period of political uncertainty and potential instability after the centre-right coalition that...

    14. October 4, 2015

      Passos Coelho gains victory in Portugal poll

      Pedro Passos Coelho led his centre-right coalition to victory in Portugal’s general election on Sunday to become the...

    15. October 4, 2015

      Portugal’s coalition faces Socialist challenge in general election

      Portugal goes to the polls on Sunday in a general election in which the centre-right coalition that has led the country...

    16. October 2, 2015

      Portugal heads into uncertain general election

      Barring last-minute upsets, Pedro Passos Coelho is poised to lead his centre-right coalition to victory in Portugal’s...

    17. September 22, 2015

      Greece looms over Portugal’s election battle

      The political battle raging in Portugal, where a centre-right prime minister is fighting for re-election on a record of...

    18. September 10, 2015

      TV debate re-energises Portugal’s opposition ahead of election

      Portugal’s opposition Socialist leader has infused new vigour into his anti-austerity party’s flagging election...

    19. August 12, 2015

      Portugal faces ‘perfect demographic storm’

      A clothing maker in central Portugal has started paying its workers a bonus for having babies. The “maternity...

    20. August 9, 2015

      Portugal cautioned by IMF over debt sustainability

      Even if they had been compiled by his own spin-doctors, Portugal’s latest unemployment figures could hardly have been...

    21. July 23, 2015

      Crisis in Greece overshadows campaign in Portuguese poll

      A general election has been called in Portugal for October 4, the first of several national ballots in crisis-hit...

    22. June 11, 2015

      Portugal sells controlling stake in TAP airline

      Lisbon on Thursday agreed to sell a controlling stake in TAP Air Portugal, the country’s struggling flag carrier, to a...

    23. April 26, 2015

      Portugal’s governing parties join forces in election pact

      The two parties in the centre-right coalition that steered Portugal through a punishing international bailout are...

    24. February 16, 2015

      Greek crisis opens Portuguese faultlines over future of eurozone

      No European leader has poured more scorn on the radical aspirations of the Syriza-led government in Athens than the...

    25. December 4, 2014

      Portugal’s old order loses its grip in painful times of change

      Three months after the Lisbon government celebrated Portugal’s successful exit from a punishing three-year bailout...

    26. November 17, 2014

      Coelho ally quits over Portugal’s ‘golden visa’ scheme

      Portugal’s prime minister, is preparing to overhaul his cabinet after a police investigation into suspected corruption...

    27. October 13, 2014

      Novo Banco takeover bid might fail to clear €4.9bn, managers warn

      The new managers of Portugal’s Novo Banco have been warned they will struggle to attract takeover bids worth more than...

    28. September 29, 2014

      Lisbon mayor wins race to lead Portugal’s opposition

      António Costa, the mayor of Lisbon, is to lead Portugal’s Socialists into next year’s general election campaign on a...

    29. July 14, 2014

      Portugal speeds up Banco Espírito Santo management changes

      Portugal’s central bank has ordered the immediate appointment of a new chief executive and other board members at Banco...

    30. FT Alphaville

      June 2, 2014

      Portugal courts confidence

      A tick up in sovereign bond yields has followed Friday’s late announcement by the Portuguese Constitutional Court that...

    31. June 1, 2014

      Portugal court ruling on austerity measures threatens tax rises

      Hard-pressed Portuguese taxpayers face the prospect of more extraordinary tax increases this year after a court ruled...

    32. May 18, 2014

      Portugal caught out by blip in economic recovery

      Pedro Passos Coelho, Portugal’s prime minister, marked the official end of the country’s three-year international...

    33. May 4, 2014

      Portugal exits bailout without safety net of credit line

      Portugal’s prime minister has announced that the country will make a “clean” exit from its three-year bailout without...

    34. April 30, 2014

      Portugal to exit €78bn bailout without emergency backstop

      Portugal is to exit its three-year €78bn bailout without an emergency backstop, in a remarkable turnround for a country...

    35. April 25, 2014

      Portugal in no mood to party on coup anniversary

      Thousands gathered on Friday in the central Lisbon square where 40 years ago to the day flower-sellers placed red...

    36. January 19, 2014

      Portuguese opposition rejects Coelho pact

      Portugal’s Socialist opposition has rejected an overture from the prime minister for a cross-party agreement on cutting...

    37. December 19, 2013

      IMF warns Portugal of tough years ahead

      A digital clock inaugurated by Paulo Portas, Portugal’s deputy prime minister, has begun marking the six-month...

    38. September 27, 2013

      Portugal voters likely to punish ruling coalition in regional polls

      Portuguese voters are expected to punish the ruling coalition in local elections on Sunday after more than two years of...

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