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Things Are Good: Portugal Joins Other Countries by Running Only on Renewable Energy

Portugal reached a very significant milestone on its path to being fully powered by renewables by consuming energy only from sustainable resources for four days. Other countries are on similar paths. In 2012 Germany got 50% of it’s power from renewable sources, Scotland powered itself exclusively on renewables for a week earlier this year, . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Portugal Joins Other Countries by Running Only on Renewable Energy

Parchment in the Fire: Greece eyes alliance of southern EU states – POLITICO

September conference planned with France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta. Source: Greece eyes alliance of southern EU states – POLITICOFiled under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Southern Europe, Spain . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Greece eyes alliance of southern EU states – POLITICO

Parchment in the Fire: Left Bloc’s Political Motion and the Struggle Against Austerity

By Hugo Monteiro | 23 May 16 | Portuguese politics is in limbo. The good news is that this limbo, the thin ice on which this agreement is skating, also presents an opportunity to engage in clear and clean politics with room for actual negotiation. The bad news for the right wing and its allies… More Left Bloc’s Political Motion and the Struggle Against Austerity . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Left Bloc’s Political Motion and the Struggle Against Austerity

Parchment in the Fire: Income, Class and Austerity in Southern Europe

Data from Southern Europe indicates a trend of wealth distribution to the top 20% of income earners since the onset of austerity. At the outset of the Global Financial Crisis in 2007, the income share of the bottom 20% of income earners in Greece and Portugal increased, whereas the income share of the top 20%… More Income, Class and Austerity in Southern Europe . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Income, Class and Austerity in Southern Europe

Parchment in the Fire: Portugal: austerity interrupted…but for how long?

Last month, nationwide anti-austerity protests in Portugal turned into celebration when the country’s centre-right government, victorious in national elections, saw its programme rejected in Parliament. The torch was passed to a leftist coalition promising to reverse years of painful austerity. “Inside defeated, outside, rejected!” supporters shouted, broad smiles on their faces as they witnessed Prime… More Portugal: austerity interrupted…but for how long? . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Portugal: austerity interrupted…but for how long?

Parchment in the Fire: Portugal’s new social and political context ~ Global Labour Column

Source: Portugal’s new social and political context ~ Global Labour ColumnFiled under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Portugal’s new social and political context ~ Global Labour Column

Parchment in the Fire: Full Contents of the Agreement between Socialist Party and Left Bloc | Esquerda

The full contents of the agreement signed between the Socialist Party and the Left Bloc can be read here.

Source: Full Contents of the Agreement between Socialist Party and Left Bloc | Esquerda

Filed under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal

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Parchment in the Fire: What is the Left Bloc? | Esquerda

In this article, we shall present information which allows the reader to get a clear picture of how and in which political climate the Left Bloc was founded and how it has developed.

Source: What is the Left Bloc? | Esquerda

Filed under: Eurozone crisis, Socialism, Southern Europe Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Left Bloc, Portugal

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Parchment in the Fire: Left Parties In Portugal Vow to Topple New Center-Right Government, pt. II

Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Left Bloc, Portugal

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Parchment in the Fire: Left Parties In Portugal Vow to Topple New Center-Right Government

Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal

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Parchment in the Fire: Surge in Portuguese Left Bloc Support Puts Socialist Party on the Spot | The Bullet No. 1179

Will Portugal finally see the end of austerity as administered for four years by the right-wing coalition (known as Portugal Ahead) composed of the Social-Democratic Party (PSD) and Democratic and Social Centre-People’s Party (CDS-PP)? In the country’s legislative October 4 elections this governing alliance, running for the first time as a single ticket called Portugal . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Surge in Portuguese Left Bloc Support Puts Socialist Party on the Spot | The Bullet No. 1179

Alberta Politics: Was there just a coup in Portugal? Why did Canada’s media ignore the story?

PHOTOS: The São Bento Palace, home of the Assembly of the Republic, in Lisbon. Was it just the site of a constitutional coup with implications for Canada? You’d never know from the local media. Below: Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva; Portugal’s national flag. Did you know a coalition of the left has been denied the . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Was there just a coup in Portugal? Why did Canada’s media ignore the story?

Parchment in the Fire: Eurozone crosses Rubicon as Portugal’s anti-euro Left banned from power – Telegraph

Constitutional crisis looms after anti-austerity Left is denied parliamentary prerogative to form a majority government

Source: Eurozone crosses Rubicon as Portugal’s anti-euro Left banned from power – Telegraph

Filed under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal, the Left

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Parchment in the Fire: Passos Coelho asked to form minority government in Portugal – FT.com

Pedro Passos Coelho, the centre-right prime minister who lost his parliamentary majority in Portugal’s inconclusive general election three weeks ago, has been appointed to form what could be a shortlived minority government. President Aníbal Cavaco

Source: Passos Coelho asked to form minority government in Portugal – FT.com

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Parchment in the Fire: Is Portugal a poster child for austerity?

Source: Is Portugal a poster child for austerity?

Filed under: Austerity Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal

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Parchment in the Fire: Portugal’s austerity government wins – POLITICO

The center-right coalition, whose reform zeal won Berlin’s admiration, looks short of an outright majority.

Source: Portugal’s austerity government wins – POLITICO

Filed under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, elections, Europe, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal

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Parchment in the Fire: 9 faces to watch in Portugal’s election – POLITICO

An interesting array of candidates for prime minister.

Source: 9 faces to watch in Portugal’s election – POLITICO

Filed under: Austerity, Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal

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Parchment in the Fire: In Portugal, the Left is caught between two extremes

By Hugo Coelho for the New Statesman –

Antonia Costa’s socialists face an unpalatable choice: grand coalition with the right, or cohabitation with die-hard communists on the left.

Source: In Portugal, the Left is caught between two extremes

Filed under: Austerity, Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal, Portuguese Socialist Party

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The Disaffected Lib: Merkel’s Toxic Tonic

Has German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s subjugation of Greece inadvertently poisoned European unity?  That’s how a pro-EU lobby group sees it.

“The last few weeks have laid totally bare the European Union’s brand of authoritarian dogma,” UKIP leader Nigel Farage wrote in the London Telegraph.

“More and more people are waking up to the dangers . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Merkel’s Toxic Tonic

Parchment in the Fire: Austerity fallout: Portugal’s elderly barely surviving with charity and cold showers

Austerity fallout: Portugal’s elderly barely surviving with charity and cold showers.

Filed under: Austerity Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal

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Parchment in the Fire: Europe faces second revolt as Portugal’s ascendant Socialists spurn austerity – Telegraph

Europe faces second revolt as Portugal’s ascendant Socialists spurn austerity – Telegraph.

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Europe faces the risk of a second revolt by Left-wing forces in the South after Portugal’s Socialist Party vowed to defy austerity demands from the country’s creditors and block any further sackings of public officials.

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THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A Caregiving Story: The Fonseca Family

                   Q: Tell us about yourself and your family. We are the Fonseca family – Dad is Joe, Mom is Christine, and our son is Ethan.  We are high school teachers and Ethan is 12 years old, in grade 7.  Our family used to include 3 beloved . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A Caregiving Story: The Fonseca Family

Alberta Diary: Dear Scotland: Do whatever you think is best … but remember, the Globe and Mail never has your interests at heart

A typical Western Canadian scene: snapped in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2014.

The Scotch, as we used to say when I was growing up in B.C., pretty much built Western Canada, leastways the European superstructure of buildings, roads and railways that lies atop the land of the first inhabitants. You need only see the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Dear Scotland: Do whatever you think is best … but remember, the Globe and Mail never has your interests at heart

Parchment in the Fire: Capital, Labour, and the Eurozone Crisis

Most of the coverage regarding the Eurozone crisis has understandably focused on the politics of austerity. Less attention, however, has been paid to the longer term trends in the industrial relations of those countries hardest hit by the crisis: Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain; the so-called PIIGS countries.

Recent data from the . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Capital, Labour, and the Eurozone Crisis

Parchment in the Fire: Portugal indebted to Angola after economic reversal of fortune | World news | Guardian Weekly

Portugal indebted to Angola after economic reversal of fortune | World news | Guardian Weekly.

There was no doubt about the firm handshake, but the smile looked a bit forced. The date was 17 November 2011, the place Luanda. Pedro Passos Coelho, the Portuguese premier, had just completed talks with the president of . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Portugal indebted to Angola after economic reversal of fortune | World news | Guardian Weekly