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Crisis in Portugal: head of government threatens with resignation

He wants to give up his office, if a controversial law is finally adopted: Portugal's Prime Minister Costa threatens with his resignation. The dispute is about more money for teachers.

a Few weeks before the European elections, a major crisis is looming in Portugal. The socialist Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, for 2015, a minority government, threatened with his resignation.

It's about more money for teachers. They are demanding compensation for the fact that in the years of the economic crisis in Portugal and the subsequent austerity of their salary increases were deleted - nearly nine and a half years. Portugal's government had offered, the salary increase in the past nearly three years to pay.

The education Committee of the Parliament decided, however, that the teachers extra money for the complete period are entitled to - for the nine and a half years. The socialist party in government is the only one that voted against. They argued that the payments to cost around 600 million euros and the budget of the country to strongly would strain.

Other costs

Also fears the government fears that other officials could enforce it with anyway, higher salaries and subsequent increases. This would mean additional costs in the millions. "Under these circumstances I regarded it as my duty to inform the President and the President of Parliament that the adoption of this initiative by Parliament in plenary would force the government, its resignation offer," said Costa.

The Parliament should be 15 to the. May decide on the law. It's coming through, and Costa remains at the time of his resignation threat, this would mean early elections in Portugal. The President could also order that the constitutional court will examine the law. As long as Costa could stay in office.

With information from Oliver Neuroth, ARD-Studio in Madrid

Portugal - the country without right-wing populists?, 05.12.2018 Atlas |Portugal |Lisbon

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