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Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Portuguese different from the Greeks

The election results show that the Portuguese have coped with the crisis much better than the Greeks, the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes writes in praise: "Portugal introduced harsh austerity measures. Even if no one feels like celebrating today, the worst times are over. The vote shows that unlike the Greeks, the Portuguese are far more content with the outcome of the crisis. Although the government has lost its majority, it remains at the helm. ... Malicious gossip has it that the Portuguese are just too passive to revolt. What's more, conservative commentators describe the country's history as a 500-year downturn. And in fact it's been a long time since Europe's westernmost country was a major colonial and naval power. Nevertheless most Portuguese have been happy to adapt to the times."

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