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Portugal's Political Crisis

During the last two weeks, over here on Europe's western frontier, the Portuguese political class has done nothing but talk of the PEC and the PPC.

The 'PEC' - 4th of its kind -, an acronym for 'Programa de Estabilidade e Crescimento' or a 'complicated' translation for 'austerity plan', was rejected yesterday by the portuguese parliament. Keeping his promise, the prime-minister José Sócrates resigned, defending the idea that without the PEC, he wouldn't govern the country. His 'abandoning ship' has opened doors to the PPC - Portugal's Political Crisis.

I could go on and on... and on and on... and on and on some more about what I think of Sócrates' decision; how irresponsible it was for all government opposition to merely reject the austerity plan without proposing any valid solutions; how much the opposition's eyes glowed with the idea that FINALLY they could regain power.

I don't like to think that I support a particular political force. I like to listen, observe, reflect and then decide... as well as criticize if I feel I need to.

I don't want to make a habbit of bringing politics to this little corner but after all, this political crisis affects us all. Well, mostly the Portuguese citizens... but I'm sure there are other countries that do share some interest in what's happening over here.

So why am I reflecting on PPC? Simply put, because it looks like once again, the country is in a mess and as concerned citizen, a student, a researcher, a person who wants to build a life here... things don't look promising.

Unfortunately this isn’t a game where we can hit the reset button and start from the beginning. Too bad, huh? It kind of feels like we’re in the middle of one of those ‘horror’ movies… struggling for air, trying to stay alive. Maybe I’m being too pessimistic. But you know what they say: when you’re a pessimistic person, any news is good news.


Do they say that?


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