The Crisis of Europe: Elements of a Political Strategy
  • Many of our friends have been asking the following question over the past few months: What if Portugal was to leave the Eurozone? Should I withdraw my savings, should I look for a foreign bank to deposit them, should I anticipate the payback of the house loan to the bank, should I sell the house,...
    Can PIGS Fly?
  • ”Thinking again?” the Duchess asked, with another dig of her sharp little chin. ”I’ve a right to think,” said Alice sharply, for she was beginning to feel a little worried. ”Just about as much right,” said the Duchess, “as pigs have to fly....” Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,...
    The Political Centre and the European Construction
  • The ritual which we are experiencing here in 2008 within the process of European construction in 2008 – the ritual of distributing the report and extensive documentation to groups at the last minute - and in Portugal’s participation in it, has to be examined in light of what it has achieved in 2009....


  • Elections 2014 +++ Analyses of the electoral results in the European Elections 2014 Portugal The European elections in Portugal use, as any other elections, the D'Hondt Method voting system. This means there are no barring clauses or thresholds. The results are as following: Partido...


    Death of João Semedo, former co-leader of Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal)
  • He has been a communist militant against fascist dictatorship, he defended the renovation of PCP and he found in Left Bloc the space for intervention able to change Portuguese politics. " I had the life I have chosen, the life I wanted to live, nothing to regret on things that really matter", said...
    Left Bloc’s Political Motion and the Struggle Against Austerity
  • 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 is that this thin ice is proving remarkably resilient, the opposite of what they had expected and indeed hoped for.
    Prime Ministers of Greece and Portugal signed a joint declaration
  • On 11 April Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece and Prime Minister António Costa of Portugal met in Athens to discuss the political and economic challenges facing Europe and their respective countries, as well as the need for forming a progressive front and promoting alternative policies to address these challenges.
    “A New Page is Being Turned”
  • What will happen between the Socialists, the Left Bloc and the Communists? An evaluation of the agreements between the socialist and the left parties in Portugal to support the socialist government.
    Left Block doubles votes
  • On 4 October 2015, 9.6 million Portuguese citizens were called upon to elect a new parliament. Bloco de Esquerda (Left Block), a member of the EL, reached a surprising 10.2 percent of the vote which is an unprecedented result and hence became the third strongest force in the country.
    Precarious Telemedicine Workers Strike
  • After the right-wing majority failed Left Bloc and Communist Party’s proposals in Parliament to integrate these workers with a legal work contract, last Friday more than half of the 400 workers of the telemedicine service “Saúde 24” (Health 24) went on strike against false autonomous workers, against the layoff of over 100 of their colleagues and demanding the resignation of the company’s administration.
    Que Se Lixe a Troika! (“Screw the Troika!”)
  • Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Portuguese cities on 2 March, protesting austerity measures that the government hopes will help to avoid the bailout and lift the country out of recession.


    Desobedoc International Film Festival
  • Due to the times of confinement we are living, this years' edition of DESOBEDOC – co-organised by transform! europe and Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal) – had to be postponed. Nevertheless, DESOBEDOC international film festival will still celebrate soon, adapted to pandemic times.