Reuters - Portuguese leaders agreed tough new austerity measures on Thursday, joining a coordinated euro zone push that has so far calmed the markets' worst fears of a Greek-style debt crisis spreading.
FROM Newsbook:European Union leaders have breathed a sigh of relief. Olli Rehn, the EU’s top economic official, said it was a “responsible step for securing the financial stability of the euro zone”. José Manuel Barroso, a former Portuguese prime minister who is now president of the European Commission, said the request would be “processed in the swiftest possible manner”.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard at The Telegraph says Legal skull-duggery in Greece may doom Portugal.
I suggest that Portugal is doomed whether or not there is "Legal Skull-Duggery". However, it's perfectly fair to suggest that LSD will indeed make matters worse.
From Pritchard ...
The EU has accused Spain of overstating its 2011 budget deficit thus making it easier to make progress in 2012. Furthermore the EU is upset about delays in austerity measures ahead of regional elections next month.