Portuguese move government toward right

LISBON, Portugal, June 5 (UPI) -- Portuguese voters gave the country's Social Democrats a major parliamentary victory Sunday, moving the government to the right, election results show.
Portuguese election: Stalemate expected

Portuguese election: Stalemate expected

LISBON, Portugal, June 4 (UPI) -- Voting day in Portugal has one clear risk, stalemate, which polls point to as the most likely outcome, a political analyst in Lisbon said.

Portugal asks for EU bailout

LISBON, Portugal, April 6 (UPI) -- Portugal said Wednesday it can no longer afford its borrowing costs and asked for international assistance to stabilize its finances.
Moody's says Portugal will need assistance

Moody's says Portugal will need assistance

LISBON, Portugal, April 5 (UPI) -- Moody's Investors Service said Tuesday that Portugal required an international bailout, similar to loans provided to Greece and Ireland.

New Portugal govt. to honor euro pledges

BRUSSELS, March 25 (UPI) -- Portugal will honor its fiscal obligations to eurozone partners no matter who controls the government, outgoing Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates said.

Analysts: EU summit won't fix euro crisis

BRUSSELS, March 24 (UPI) -- European leaders meeting in Brussels will fall short of creating a new bailout fund, leaving Portugal without a clear option for help, officials said.
Europe's dilemma

Europe's dilemma

In a bitter huff, the prime minister of Portugal stepped down Wednesday, when a new set of austerity budget cuts failed to make it through parliament.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Debt crisis: Portugal near govt. collapse

LISBON, Portugal, March 23 (UPI) -- A Portuguese government collapse would force the country to follow Greece and Ireland in needing a financial bailout, Portugal's finance minister said.

Portugal to face budget cuts, round three

LISBON, Portugal, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates said he would push for a third round of austerity budget measures although he did not provide specific details.

Eurojust agency head resigns amid scandal

BRUSSELS, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A Eurojust spokesman said the chairman of the board for the European Union's anti-crime agency resigned following a scandal in his home country.
Socialists lose absolute Portugal majority

Socialists lose absolute Portugal majority

LISBON, Portugal, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Portuguese politics will likely become more unstable now that Prime Minister Jose Socrates' Socialists lost their absolute parliamentary majority, analysts say.

Bush, Socrates discuss U.S.-EU relations

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The importance of U.S.-European cooperation was among the topics discussed by U.S. President George Bush and Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates.

Portugal to aid EU residents

STRASBOURG, France, July 11 (UPI) -- Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates said Wednesday his nation will help European Union citizens during his tenure as the organization's president.

Portugal assumes EU presidency

LISBON, Portugal, July 1 (UPI) -- Portugal has assumed the rotating European Union presidency in a tenure likely to involve talks of Turkey becoming a member.

Putin keen to see Portugal lead EU

MOSCOW, May 29 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin took a swipe in Moscow at German Chancellor Angela's Merkel's rotating leadership of the European Union Tuesday.
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Jose Socrates
Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko (L) shakes hands with Portugal's Prime Minister Jose Socrates before a meeting at San Bento palace in Lisbon June 24, 2008. (UPI Photo/Ukrainian Press Office/HO)

José Sócrates Carvalho Pinto de Sousa, GCIH (born 6 September 1957), commonly known by José Sócrates (Portuguese pronunciation: ), is a Portuguese politician who was the Prime Minister of Portugal from 12 March 2005 to 21 June 2011.

For the second half of 2007, he acted as the President-in-Office of the Council of the European Union. In addition to these posts, José Sócrates was Portugal's Minister for Youth and Sports and one of the organisers of the UEFA Euro 2004 football championship in Portugal, as well as being a former Environment Minister in the governments of António Guterres.

On 23 March 2011, he submitted his resignation to the president after parliament rejected his government's austerity measures in a vote, leading to the Portuguese legislative election of 2011. After losing the election, held on 5 June 2011, he resigned from Secretary-General of the Socialist Party.

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