In an opinion piece in the Guardian, dated 24 August 2017, entitled: “No alternative to austerity? That lie has now been nailed”, the author Owen Jones praises the Portuguese Socialist government for having reversed the austerity politics of the previous right-wing coalition government, and that of the troika that directed the country’s finances during the…

Since the 4th October 2015 Legislative elections, Portugal has remained somewhat politically divided. The manoeuvre undertaken by the Socialist party, which allied itself with the Portuguese Communist Party and with the Left Block to form a minority government with parliamentary support (despite not having itself come first in the elections), has placed the two sides…