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Diario Economist analyses Portuguese result

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Euronews journalist Miguel Sardo asked Portugal expert, Luis Rego:

“Knowing that Portugal is facing one of its worst economic recession in the latest 20 years, these results don’t seem to be a punishment vote against the former government… Is Socrates to blame for the country’s economic situation?” Luís Rego of Diario Economico explained: “I think that Socrates, you have to remember, is a politician from the new left, the family of third-way politicians who occupied the centre of the political spectrum in Portugal. The policies that the Socialist Party has developed are the same policies that many governments in Europe have developed, the policies that are preached here in Brussels, and not far from the policies that a centre right government would have applied. So it is true the government has been punished by the economic results, we can see that in the European elections where the Socialist Party was punished, but the truth is, that twist in the popularity of the prime minister has only changed one year ago and before that he built a reputation of being a tough leader and people in Portugal tend to like that. He won a couple of wars with many sectors of the civil society in Portugal and he’s perceived as a reformer. That explains some of this popularity.”