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Friday, March 25, 2011

Crisis? What Crisis?

Unsurprisingly, given the resignation of the Prime Minister (Jose Socrates) and the ongoing budget turmoil, Portugal has had its credit rating downgraded by Standard & Poor's to BBB and by Fitch to A-.

Despite the turmoil and the downgrade, the EU have delayed making a decision as to providing a "comprehensive package" to tackle the eurozone debt crisis.

Instead the EU has adopted the ostrich policy of sticking its head in the sand. Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank, said that Portugal must implement the fiscal austerity measures that Mr Socrates had proposed.

All very well, but it is precisely those austerity measures that were rejected along with Mr Socrates!

As ever, the EU displays a remarkable talent for being out of touch with reality.

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