Portuguese look to Brazil, not Brussels

The TimesOnline has an article on how the Portuguese economy is not at its best, to say the least and how Brazil might be the answer. Somehow I doubt that. At this point in Brazil’s progression, what Brazil sows, Brazil should reap.

Outside the Brasilia sandwich bar in a poor part of Lisbon one afternoon last week a group of men leaned against the wall, chatting and smoking cigarettes. One of them whistled at the black prostitute touting for business over the road. A beggar in a threadbare coat swigged from a bottle.

Welcome to sunny Portugal.

Known for its seaside resorts and soulful fado music, the unassuming country on the western frontier of Europe is just as much in the mire as Greece as it struggles with soaring debt and rising unemployment, which have pushed a naturally melancholic people to the brink of despair.

Any mention of the word “work” provokes sniggers outside the sandwich bar. “There’s no jobs round here,” says Dario, 30, a bricklayer. “I’d go to Brazil if I could afford the air fare.” – Times Online (for the rest, see link above)

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2 thoughts on “Portuguese look to Brazil, not Brussels

  1. What is the context of “At this point in Brazil’s progression, what Brazil sows, Brazil should reap”.
    That Portuguese bricklayer to which the article refers could be very welcome in Brazil; the country needs skilled/experienced labour force.

    • Well, Brazil has been coming up in the world economy and it needs to start investing in its own people and treating them right, otherwise the best minds will leave Brazil to live/work/study abroad and Brazil will be in need of a skilled/experienced labour force.

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