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Público - Portugal | 07/09/2011

Rui Tavares on Iceland's exemplary approach to the crisis

Iceland has recovered more quickly than expected from its bank collapse and close shave with bankruptcy two years ago. Historian Rui Tavares urges the Portuguese to follow Iceland's example: "Almost without anyone noticing Iceland has completed its programme with the IMF - after doing practically everything differently from how the Portuguese government has done it. But take note: Iceland's political scene is also the direct opposite of Portugal's. ... Yes, there was a revolution in Iceland, and we can learn from it in three areas: the economy, politics and civil courage. ... The third point is the key: Iceland's citizen's won't let a government just do what it wants - not the current one either. That's why they hold referendums. In Iceland the civil society has woken up. In almost every bookstore I saw in Iceland there was a book about politics with a quote by Plato on the cover: 'The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.'"

Público - Portugal | 29/11/2010

Iceland as an example

The rescue plan for Ireland foresees a radical reconstruction of the bank sector based on the example of Iceland. The daily Público looks back at Iceland's development since the collapse of its banking system in 2008: "The country was bankrupt, the króna had fallen by 60 percent and the conservative government fell even faster than that. ... In a word: the crisis hit the country earlier and harder than elsewhere. But unlike other countries Iceland reacted with a shift to the left. Perhaps this puts Iceland in a position to provide us with an answer to the following question: Is there more than one way to govern in reaction to the crisis? Or is there truly no alternative, as is so often maintained? ... How has Iceland been faring since then? Better than expected, considering the gravity of the crisis. And in one important point the leftist government has scored a major success: unemployment has sunk by half. ... Iceland has had to pay a high price for its irresponsibility. It's time we took a good look at how they are overcoming their crisis."

Público - Portugal | 25/10/2010

Rui Tavares on the German-French democracy deficit

In the run-up to the UN summit in Brussels on Thursday resistance is growing to the German-French calls for an ammendment to the Treaty of Lisbon, according to which serial deficit sinners could have their voting rights revoked. Writing in the daily Público, Rui Tavares finds this profoundly undemocratic: "The Treaty of Lisbon came into force almost a year ago and was hailed from all sides as the 'treaty of a generation'. Not only because it is adequate, but also because it is almost unreformable. Back then I prophesied that it would be amended faster than anyone thought. Wrong. By the looks of things it will be changed more quickly than even I thought. ... If you're looking for a vision of the EU a generation from now, you'd do well not to ask [Portuguese Prime Minister] Sócrates, Sarkozy or Merkel for their opinion. In fact you'd do well not to ask any head of government at all, but rather to avoid their opinions like the plague. ... Don't ask Barroso either. ... His power depends on the other 27. Consequently he was caught off guard by the talks between Sarkozy and Merkel, who want to change the Treaty to suit Germany's - dangerous - obstinacy. ... These people have no idea of democracy. ... Just imagine how an indebted person would feel if he were stripped of his voting rights."

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