Opposition to Austerity Not an Obstacle for Portugal PM

Opposition to Austerity Not an Obstacle for Portugal PM
A scooter drives past an election campaign poster of the ruling center-right coalition that reads "Vote for Portugal, Portugal Forward", Lisbon, Oct. 1 2015 (AP photo by Armando Franca).

Portugal goes to the polls Sunday, but with high voter apathy, turnout is expected to be at its lowest since the country transitioned back to democracy in the 1970s . In an email interview, Thomas Bruneau, the vice president of Global Academic Professionals and professor emeritus at the Naval Postgraduate School, discussed Portuguese politics and what is at stake in Sunday’s election. WPR: What is current public opinion in Portugal toward austerity, and how will this affect Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho’s bid for re-election? Thomas Bruneau: Public opinion in Portugal toward austerity, which has resulted in unemployment, reduced pensions […]

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