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Press reports “expected” end of left pact in Portugal



The lead in the State Budget appears without great prominence in the main pages of the digital editions of the European press, which sees the situation as the end of the “fragile” understanding of the Portuguese left.

The digital edition of spanish newspaper ABC he says that issues such as the crisis at Novo Banco and at TAP Air Portugal, “with millions of state aids” have widened the “gap” between the Left Bloc and the communists (PCP), who “didn’t let go”.

The ABC article also mentions that the hiring regime, “especially with regard to young people” and precariousness, as well as the broad “contributory career that continues to be required of the Portuguese” decided that Pablo Iglesias’ “fellows” (founder of the Spanish party Podemos and former Spanish deputy prime minister) and Yolanda Díaz (current leader of Podemos) did not support the intentions of the socialists.

“Wednesday’s (parliamentary) session found how unedifying divorces are,” he writes, on the other hand, the newspaper El Pais.

The same news recalls that after six years of “complicity” between the left, “bitter” accusations were exchanged in the Assembly of the Republic, in Lisbon.

“If the Socialist parliamentary leader, Ana Catarina Mendes, accused the BE of falsehoods and lying about the report of the State Budget negotiations, the parliamentary head of the Bloc, Pedro Filipe Soares, recriminated the ‘arrogance’ of the Government which he accused of allowing a political crisis to maintain the labor measures adopted by the ‘troika’”, highlights El Pais.

the same newspaper he also quotes Catarina Martins, to underline that the BE leader accused António Costa for the end of the “pact” of the left.

El Pais transcribes Catarina Martins’ sentence: “The contraption died because of the obsession with the absolute majority” to explain the end of the parliamentary pact.

“The bad languages ​​tell us that the contraption was not invented by the Portuguese. In the middle of the Golden Century (16th century), Francisco Quevedo (1580-1645) already classified the verses of Luís de Góngora (1561-1627), his eternal rival of ‘jeringonza’ for being incomprehensible”, he says. the Spanish newspaper El Mundo to explain the end of the political pact of the Portuguese left.

“These two great writers, who shared so much, never managed to get along. In Portugal, in the 21st century, the leftist parties, however similar the proposals they present, also seem condemned to face each other”, adds El Mundo in the news headline “Lead in the Portuguese Parliament indicates the way out de Costa and early elections.

News from the news portal POLITICAL (Europe edition) with the title “End of Romance – The far left drops António Costa” says that the six-year relationship ended in an “ugly” way on Wednesday.

“Now that Portugal switches to ‘pre-election mode’, Costa hopes that voters will punish the ‘extreme left’ parties for triggering the crisis and give the Socialists the absolute majority they lost by eight seats in Parliament in 2019”, writes POLITICO referring to the “fights” between the left that “marked” the political week in Portugal.

On the other hand, the same news portal reports that PSD achieved “amazing victories” in local elections last month, winning over several cities, including Lisbon, where former European Commissioner Carlos Moedas is the new mayor.

“However, the (legislative) elections come at a bad time for (Rui) Rio, who is facing his third leadership challenge in four years. Paulo Rangel, a member of the European Parliament, intends to unseat him in a party vote on December 4th”, writes POLITICO referring to the internal crisis of the PSD.

the french newspaper Le Monde gives an account of the “contacts” of the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and the President of the Assembly of the Republic, Ferro Rodrigues, during the discussion of the State Budget and highlights the position of deputy Inês Sousa Real, leader of the PAN, who considered “irresponsible” to link a budget “crisis” to an “unprecedented health crisis”.

“Opposition is not just being against,” said the PAN leader in a position highlighted by Le Monde.

O Le Figaro says in the digital edition that the “fragile union of the left – known in Portugal by the name ‘geringonça’ started to be noticed in 2019”.

In the news about the lead of the State Budget in Portugal the British newspaper The Guardian writes that “recent polls indicate that the PS can easily win elections, but without a parliamentary majority”.

“Costa, prime minister in the last six years whose political profile in the European Union ‘grew’ considerably during the presidency of Portugal, is considered a candidate for an international office. A poor result in the (early) election can be the ‘cue’ to abandon national offices,” writes the Guardian.

In the same news, the newspaper writes that both the Communist Party and the Left Bloc lost votes in the 2019 elections, in part because of their support for the “more moderate” socialists.

“The centre-right Social Democratic Party, the main opposition party, is involved in a leadership battle,” adds The Guardian referring to the early elections.

The German radio station portal Deutsche Welle recalls that it is “the first time a budget has been rejected in Portugal since the country’s transition to democracy in 1974” and a Reuters news agency reports that “analysts” and polls indicate that “an election alone will not solve the problem. stalemate, which could be exacerbated by the possible emergence of the far-right party Arrives as the third-largest force in Parliament.

the news agency France Press he recalls that “immediately after the vote”, the Presidency of the Republic announced the holding of the legally required consultations so that the Head of State could dissolve the Parliament and set the date for the elections.

“Rebelo de Sousa will receive the different parts, before an extraordinary meeting of the Council of State next Wednesday”, informs AFP.


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