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Is There Still Hope for the European Union?

Far-right, Eurosceptic political parties won significant victories in the recent European parliament elections, but does this spell the end of the EU?

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



The True Actor

Jacinto Lucas Pires’ award-winning novel, “The True Actor,” is the perfect illustration of writer Pedro Mexia’s statement: “Portugal is traveling through a black tunnel where the light at the end is merely a train about to crash into it.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE



SparkNotes No More—Your Teacher Will Know

With e-books, educators can see whether you’ve skipped pages or even bothered to open your textbook; a Spanish study claims there will be fewer people living on earth in the next century than now; meanwhile, although Portugal’s government has failed to impose austerity, it’s now come up with equivalent replacement measures. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE


EU Debt Crisis

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Posted on Apr 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Austerity and the Threat to Democracy Around the World

The “sequester” is actually, of course, the American form of austerity, or cutbacks in government spending during a recession. Austerity, or stingy government in Europe has kept employment extremely depressed compared to what it would have been with government stimulus, as Paul Krugman argues.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Europe’s Climate Forecast: Unsettling

The European countries currently struggling most economically—Greece, Spain and Portugal—will fare worst under climate change as they lose both harvests and tourists to rising heat and low summer rainfall, the European Environment Agency says.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE


Collapsing Eurozone

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Posted on Jun 16, 2012 READ MORE


Euro Bailouts Flag

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All Hades Breaks Loose in Greece

On Sunday, after months of economic and political turmoil, Greek citizens fed up with paying for mistakes made by their country’s power elite took to the streets by the tens of thousands to signal their disapproval of the austerity measures the government pushed through late that night.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE


Quarreling EU

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IMF Sounds Warning About Global Economy

Three years into the Great Recession, the outlook is wobbly in the eurozone, according to the IMF. France and Germany are doing well enough to offset some of the economic problems plaguing their neighbors, but in a networked world, nations’ fates are intertwined.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 READ MORE


Dominique Strauss-Kahn

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Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE



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The Real IMF Assault

As newly resigned International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn hunkers down in his jail cell, IMF news has fallen into two categories. Both miss the devastation the IMF causes, regardless of who heads it.

Posted on May 20, 2011 READ MORE



Los Angeles Times

216,000 Jobs Added in March

The U.S. unemployment rate ticked down a tenth of a point in March to 8.8 percent—the lowest in two years—as 216,000 new jobs were created during the month.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE


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EU Moves to Shore Up Bailout Fund

European Union financial officials meeting in Brussels have agreed on the setting up of a permanent bailout fund, even as Portugal reportedly teeters on the precipice of financial collapse.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE


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Pope Places Blame for Sex Abuse on Catholic Church

While other officials from the Catholic Church (ahem, Bill Donohue) have hesitated, to say the least, to look within the church for the source of the clergy sex abuse scandal, Pope Benedict XVI has apparently seen the light.

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE



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What’s Euro Problem?

The once-mighty euro, a currency that humbled American tourists in its day, has sunk to a 13-month low against the dollar. Greece’s impending bailout apparently isn’t settling nerves in the eurozone, which includes other major economies that look a little wobbly as of late.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Colbert Report’: Greece, Frightening

Sure, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein once crowed that his firm was “doing God’s work,” but, as Stephen Colbert points out here, Blankfein never actually specified which God he was talking about. Perhaps it was Hades, Greek god of the underworld. Given the state of the Greek economy, that may not be too much of a stretch.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE



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Portugal Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

“The large print giveth and the small print taketh away”—T. Waits (1990). So goes the news that Portugal has become the sixth European nation to pass a law allowing same-sex marriage, though parliament rejected proposals to let gay couples adopt children.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Portugal’s Gay Marriage Proposal

Portugal is likely to become the sixth European nation—after Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands—to legalize gay marriage. The Portuguese government has proposed to change the country’s official definition of marriage to include same-sex unions.

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE


In Europe, the Left Has Run Out of Gas

While the Republican leadership in the United States would have people believe that the country is being remorselessly driven to the far left under Barack Obama, European voters are moving toward the right.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE


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Latin Leaders Rebuke U.S.

In a summit that celebrated the absence of the U.S. on its guest list, Latin American leaders met in Brazil to discuss a post-U.S. hegemonic world. The talks, which centered on the “demise” of the capitalist model, also snubbed former colonizing nations Portugal and Spain in a further demonstration of the increasing political autonomy of the region.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Portugal’s New Fix for Drug Users

Portugal is the latest European country to pick up on a growing trend of favoring therapy over jail for possession and use of small amounts of illegal drugs.  Critics of the new law worry that Portugal will become a hot spot for foreign drug users, but supporters believe the law will shift the focus of the government’s anti-drug efforts from users to traffickers and will give addicts a better chance to get clean.

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE


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