Despite the peace and prosperity brought about by the EU, it continues to be seen as remote and antidemocratic. How can this be fixed ? One possibility is the creation of a Commissioner for Happiness.
Angola’s recent election results showed the ruling MPLA losing support across the country. If opposition claims are to be taken seriously, the losses could be more severe than they appear.
Angola’s president-elect, João Lourenço, has a reputation for relative probity. But, he’s unlikely to rock the boat as Eduardo dos Santos remains party chairman.
Portugal’s return to growth has many calling it the star pupil of the eurozone crisis. A look beyond the headline figures puts this into question, however.
Like Greece and Spain, Portugal endured a bailout and austerity. But it has not seen the rise of a Syriza or Podemos equivalent.