Politics

Youtube 'message from Portugal to the world' as Merkel makes Portugal visit

Article published on Nov. 12, 2012
Article published on Nov. 12, 2012

Portugal, which joined the EU in 1986, 'has always believed in the European project as a project of solidarity' - the understanding crops up a couple of times in a video that Portuguese blogger Rodrigo Moita de Deus claims has been 'censored' by the German authorities. As German chancellor Angela Merkel makes her maiden trip to Portugal, the motto is turned upside down, as she becomes a moving target for the Portuguese citizens' anger at their country's austerity measures. Germany was not sanctioned by the EU for exceeding its national deficit limit in 2005, but people in southern Europe point out they are now forced to see their own wages and pensions cut, as state spending on education, health and social security is similarly curtauiled. Merkel's christian democratic union party may have tipped a 40% popularity rating in Germany (their best percentage since 2007), but the Portuguese people are speaking out against stereotypes: 'Germany may work less hours and earn double, but they will never take away our dignity as a hard-working nation'. The video 'Ich bin ein Berliner' was made with Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, a social democrat politician in Portugal's centre-right party