European Commission 'Threatens' Portugal - Get Your Constitutional Court In Line

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It seems, despite the constant "it's all fixed" banter, that Portugal's Constitutional Court decision that the Troika-imposed austerity is unconstitutional (as we discussed in detail here and here) has a few of the 'elites' nervous. And so, late on a Sunday night European time, they launch a press release that is about as passively aggressive as they come, "any departure from the program's objectives, or their re-negotiation, would in fact neutralize the efforts already made and achieved by the Portuguese citizens, namely the growing investor confidence in Portugal, and prolong the difficulties from the adjustment... it is a precondition for a decision on the lengthening of the maturities of the financial assistance to Portugal." In other words, get your constitutional court in line or the OMT 'promise' get's it! Perhaps that explains why, unlike Spain and Italy who rallied in the last few days, Portugal's bond spreads are at the widest of 2013 (70bps off the tights of the year).



Statement by the European Commission on Portugal

The European Commission welcomes that, following the decision of the Portuguese Constitutional Court on the 2013 state budget, the Portuguese Government has confirmed its commitment to the adjustment programme, including its fiscal targets and timeline. Any departure from the programme's objectives, or their re-negotiation, would in fact neutralise the efforts already made and achieved by the Portuguese citizens, namely the growing investor confidence in Portugal, and prolong the difficulties from the adjustment.


The Commission therefore trusts that the Portuguese Government will swiftly identify the measures necessary to adapt the 2013 budget in a way that respects the revised fiscal target as requested by the Portuguese Government and supported by the Troika in the 7th review of the programme.


Continued and determined implementation of the programme offers the best way to restore sustainable economic growth and to improve employment opportunities in Portugal. At the same time, it is a precondition for a decision on the lengthening of the maturities of the financial assistance to Portugal, which would facilitate Portugal's return to the financial markets and the attainment of the programme's objectives. The Commission supports that such a decision be taken soon.


The Commission will continue to work constructively with the Portuguese authorities within the parameters agreed to alleviate the social consequences of the crisis.


The Commission reiterates that a strong consensus around the programme will contribute to its successful implementation. In this respect, it is essential that Portugal's key political institutions are united in their support.

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Sun, 04/07/2013 - 19:51 | 3420061 ThunderingTurd
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Do it. Do it.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 20:08 | 3420115 Banksters
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Portugal's knob gobbling PM responded

Portugal's prime minister plans more cuts to health and education ...


Fucking wimp.   When will someone tell brussels to fuck off.  Waiting...

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 21:25 | 3420353 Manthong
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Oh yeah, like the Portuguese are going to boldly sail into uncharted waters now.

When have they ever done anything like that?

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 21:34 | 3420384 CuriousPasserby
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Okay, I'll take the bait. 1542?

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 00:02 | 3420776 ThirdWorldDude
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Tsk, even in 1542 they hired an Italian to do the job.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 05:47 | 3421085 Acet
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I don't know whose more ignorant, you or the two people that gave you an arrow up.


1542 was the first contact of between Japan and the West. That was an all Portuguese crew.

1492 was the official discovery of the Americas by Christopher Collumbus, an Italian working for the Spanish.

There were some findings in the 20th century that indicated that the Portuguese discovered the Americas before Collumbus (and kept it secret) - certainly when the Portuguese negotiated a treaty with the Spanish in 1490 which would divide the world in half, the Portuguese demanded that the separation line was placed further to the west than the Spanish wanted, with the end result that Brasil was on the Portuguese half, which is why all Latin America except for Brasil is Spanish-speaking but Brasil is Portuguese speaking.

Other findings show that the Vikings got to Newfoundland long before that (and some point in the 8th century, if I remember it correctly).

The Portuguese did discover the sea route to India and did the first sea journey around the globe. As far as I know, none of the Portuguese discoveries was in a ship captained by anybody other than a Portuguese captain.


Sun, 04/07/2013 - 19:51 | 3420068 cherry picker
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Iran isn't our enemy.  Looks like .gov in Euroland is the biggest threat against democracy and liberty.  When democracy and liberty are crushed, justice vanishes.

If I were Portugese, I would ignore those Eurozone beaurocrats and prevent them or the Troika from entering my space.

I hope the Portugese are up to the task.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 22:34 | 3420571 boogerbently
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How can so many Mericans think "It can't happen here?"

All the failed countrys are saying, we accept NO austerity, just give us some money.

Sounds PAINFULLY familiar, to me. (The liberal mantra)

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:10 | 3421687 franzpick
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A**hole Mr Biden asserts that 'a new world order' is what is needed; what he and GoBombEm and the Eurocrat 'bankers' are trying to explain is that what they really need is a new world money order.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 19:55 | 3420074 ekm
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So euro leadears after using ECB to force Berlusconi to resign in Italy, what can they do, now, to force the portuguese constitutional court to resign?

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 19:58 | 3420090 knukles
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After all they appointed Monti the Chief Unelected Mucketymuck of Italy for a start.

Oh joyous peasantry, know well your masters look well upon your broken backs.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 20:04 | 3420106 fonzannoon
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so Monti said he could not wait until he was able to leave, and now has no problem being left in there indefinitely. He is the Italian Bloomberg.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 20:55 | 3420262 ekm
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Did you know that Grillo has UN's Agenda 21 on his program?


Sun, 04/07/2013 - 21:23 | 3420347 fonzannoon
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I did not. He is not what a lot of people on here think he is. I'd say I'd take him over a technocrat, but in the end it just all seems like the same shit.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 21:41 | 3420402 NoDebt
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Fonz, I agree completely.  I think the debt bubble is blowing up AS WE SPEAK.  It's just a matter of what form it takes from place to place (and when).  Cyprus was perhaps the WORST way to do it because there was no adjustment time (even those in-the-know were scrambling the get their money out in a few short days, using every connection and point of leverage they could muster to avoid being haircut themselves).  The other way is what pretty much every developed nation with it's own printing press is doing- it's slower but just as sure.  However, there is time for people to adjust and you don't instantly crush every business in the country by blowing away it's operating account and instantly bankrupting them.  Japan is in the middle because having a printing press may not be enough to pull them out of their mess.

There are no good choices left, there are only choices.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 21:51 | 3420443 ekm
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Letter to the municipality of salsomaggiore. Asking to impose agenda 21 energy austerity measures.


He's a caveman, literally a caveman

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 20:19 | 3420160 McMolotov
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"The Portuguese Constitutional Court vastly underestimates what the Euro means for the Europeans, for the Euro area. It vastly underestimates the amount of political capital that has been invested in the Euro."

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 20:20 | 3420166 fonzannoon
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That one is going to get a lot of play, and deservedly so.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 02:17 | 3420928 Harlequin001
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Why would anyone want to undermine such significant political capital with a silly thing such as the law?

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 21:22 | 3420342 NoDebt
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Keep posting it, Molotov.  They're going to eat those words (mark my words!).  They've built the "Titanic" of currency unions and that was their declaration of unsinkability.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 21:53 | 3420450 DollarMenu
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Political Capital is nothing more than gasbags filling one another.


Mon, 04/08/2013 - 02:19 | 3420891 Lore
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The Eurozone seems designed to DESTROY capital.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 22:00 | 3420467 ekm
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Again, same as what Draghi responded to Zerohedge, POLITICAL CAPITAL.


What I'm trying to figure out is how to run my car fueling it with political capital, or cook a meal with potatoes, beef and political capital.

Also, factories would have to find a way to convert political capital into finished goods.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 20:36 | 3420217 thisandthat
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They can always bitch and whine, but the judges are not removable:

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:33 | 3421817 JimBowie1958
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That is what the law might say, but what is the split on the court in favor of the EMU?

Say it is three judges that make the diff. Do any of them have tax problems? Have mistresses that might be embarrassing to them if the public found out (like with a 13 y.o.) or do any of them like to party a little too hard for prudence minded shrews?

What is legal is different from what is plausible.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 18:46 | 3424022 thisandthat
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Court has no say on laws unless specifically asked (prior or after final presidential approval), and, that I know, so far no one (parties, government, presidency, etc.) has ever questioned it about anything EU related...

If anything significant enough was found, he/she would probably just resigned/be lead to, and elections would be held to replace him/her (2/3 of votes + majority of seats in parliament for 10 of the judges; by those 10, for the other 3, also by 2/3 of votes + majority of seats in court).

Btw, the split on the ruling was actually precisely 8/5... remember this is the second year in a row articles of budget were judged unconstitutional..

De juris vs. de facto... force of the law vs. the law of force - lots to be said about it...

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 15:16 | 3427859 JimBowie1958
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But in this case the 'force' of law amounts to a two vote swing.

Never trust a judge to do things that are against his own personal best interests. They dont get paid that much.

BTW, thanks for the rational, calm reply. You sound like an educated gentleman and there are precious few of us left.

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 20:05 | 3429038 thisandthat
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Laws are always prone to interpretation - written content or spirit - so there's always that variable, and obviously judges have their own opinions and base their decisions on them, but that's precisely why/what they're appointed for... and that's why court's composition and election process is as it is - to balance individual sensibilities... but money is not at all the issue, here; ideology is - and not just intrinsically political: Masonry is a (the...) major key to everything public affairs, in this country - proper religion being the other.

My pleasure - the feeling is mutual, btw. Cheers.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 19:55 | 3420079 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Can you say bitcoin price spike coming in the next couple of days/weeks as Portugal becomes increasingly volatile.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 20:15 | 3420148 Croesus
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I hate to "Burst your Bitcoin"....I mean, "burst your BUBBLE", but you bitcoiners are overdoing the propaganda, just a bit.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 02:56 | 3420962 CrashisOptimistic
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I got no position in either gold or bitcoin, but it is pretty obvious now that the gold folks know that money is flowing from one to the other and they are getting angry.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 19:59 | 3420091 Curtis LeMay
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 "...growing investor confidence in Portugal" says the Brussels Politburo


What PLANET do these unelected "elite" inhabit? It's certainly not earth..


Sun, 04/07/2013 - 20:05 | 3420110 Uber Vandal
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Probably the same place where Kirk's oppenent came from in the episode titled "The Arena"



Sun, 04/07/2013 - 20:21 | 3420169 HardwoodAg
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And that little bit of trouble was taken care of quite handily with a bit of black powder. Extruded gun powder pellets sealed in brass with a primer and lead jacketed bullet at each end would serve the same purpose more efficiently. 

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 20:01 | 3420098 SheepDog-One
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Why not just replace them all with Goldman Sachs alums? That's what they do everywhere else to ensure they're 'in line' properly.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 20:09 | 3420121 Petrus Romanus
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Rules, we don't need no stinkin' rules! The tag line for this site says it all, " On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero."

We appear to be nearing the end of the line.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 20:11 | 3420127 Hughing
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Law is semantic bullshit. The 'geezers will get in line.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 20:20 | 3420158 eddiebe
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Those that don't learn from others or from history are forced to live through it themselves. But: The sheep look up!   Baaahhh. I hear them bleating all over the place from sea to shining sea.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 20:25 | 3420177 Peter Pan
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Three basic propositions:

1. Portugal must make a decision whether it is a sovereign nation. If it is, then it's court's decision stands under current law, which means that it bears the consequences of not towing the EU line. This may even include departing from the Euro.

2. At some point the Portugese need to understand that the practicalities of numbers dictate that they pay for their own way in this world whether they are part of the Euro or not.

3. The predicament of Portugal is just one of the many predicaments that EU states are facing.

The EU is up itself if it thinks that it can build a solid basis for its existence on a bunch of loose marbles.

The best way forward for the EU is to actually break up and in the future I am sure they will figure out how to put together a more workable and sustainable EU model which does not burden member states with the failings of other states and which at the same time respects the sovereignty of each nation.

Break and re-assemble is my message.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 21:26 | 3420355 NoDebt
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So far they've all assumed the position and said "Thank you, sir.  May I have another bailout?"

I don't know if a total break up is in the cards in the forseeable future but SOMEBODY is going to be first to leave EVENTUALLY (and markets will not care).


Mon, 04/08/2013 - 05:46 | 3421088 Acet
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Nah, it's more complicated than that.

The debt is internally treated as a question of Honor. People say - we got into debt so we should pay that debt because it's the honorable thing to do. People blame the local corrupt politicians and their chronies, not the foreigners.

(I know that honor is a hard to grasp concept in modern Anglo-Saxon countries. It is, however, part of the Portuguese cultural makeup.)

The thing with honor is, that if the other side behaves in a dishonorable way, then one is not bound anymore by one's honor. If the Troika pushes too far against something like the constitution, it risks being seen as dishonorable,

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 03:10 | 3425277 MeelionDollerBogus
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I think Mr Panos here explains this concept of honor a bit better:

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 21:27 | 3420359 andrewp111
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If the EU breaks up there will be a full blown civil war. It is very hard to see that now, but History tells us that secession produces very bloody wars. Ever hear of Fort Sumter?

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:38 | 3421832 JimBowie1958
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The people of Europe rejectedan EU constitution, so they are not quite so solidly bound together as was the US in 1860.

But yes, the occasion and historical pattern of civil unrest and war would seem to be applicable.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 20:28 | 3420192 jim249
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I keep waiting for one of these piigs countries to finally tell the troika to f off. They are all losing their sovereign rights.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 21:15 | 3420228 kito
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ha ha!!! keep waiting....because the spirit of revolution died out a lonnnnnggggggg time citizenry from any country dare lash out against the overlords...................remember..........the people NEED the overlords..........they beg for membership in the euro.....................the overlords are strong.....and bring stability..........without the overlords...without the eu....without the euro........gasp..........the world ends....................the people descend into a fiery hell............

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:57 | 3422402 Urban Redneck
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I was doing perfectly fine without the dose of reality today, thank you very much.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 20:31 | 3420198 buzzsaw99
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How do you say: The EC kin suck it bitchez. in Portugese?

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 20:55 | 3420264 thisandthat
Mon, 04/08/2013 - 02:34 | 3420947 morning
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