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Checking tradingeconomics, Portugal has by now essentially a balanced trade, so it could leave (or at least threaten to) without having to institute rationing and other control measures.

But is there any party willing to break with austerity? Any Syriza or Grillo with a chance to affect the status quo or will the election only be about who gets the minister salaries while killing the economy some more?

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Jul 11th, 2013 at 07:12:14 AM EST
Yes, also in Parliament are the Communists (PCP) and Trotskists (BE), the later a sister party to SYRIZA. Any of these parties would invoke Article 50 if they ever got control of the government. If the election took place today these parties would have around 20% of the polls, maybe a little more with the recent soap opera staged by the governing parties. The Socialists claim that if they ever come into power the first thing they'll do is renegotiate the aid programme, although you always need willing creditors to have such negotiation.

In June of 2014 the story can be another though, several unaligned movements could morph into parties taking a considerable portion of votes.

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Thu Jul 11th, 2013 at 10:59:26 AM EST
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The Socialists claim that if they ever come into power the first thing they'll do is renegotiate the aid programme, although you always need willing creditors to have such negotiation.

See the current Greek government, which promised the same upon its formation, and where are we now. But the real idiots aren't the parties, but voters who buy into such a transparently stillborn idea and end up voting for more austerity.

Now, assuming you end up with earlier new elections or there won't be big changes in voting trends until June 2014, what fields would (could) a new more-of-the-same government target with new cuts?

(Grammar note: you don't need the "of" between June and 2014.)

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by DoDo on Thu Jul 11th, 2013 at 02:06:15 PM EST
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To your question: I'd expect cuts on retirement programmes and a large slash of public workers.

I just like the 'of' between them.

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Thu Jul 11th, 2013 at 04:46:16 PM EST
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