Wait, how would that even work?
Portugal has entered dangerous political waters. For the first time since the creation of Europe’s monetary union, a member state has taken the explicit step of forbidding eurosceptic parties from taking office on the grounds of national interest.
Anibal Cavaco Silva, Portugal’s constitutional president, has refused to appoint a Left-wing coalition government even though it secured an absolute majority in the Portuguese parliament and won a mandate to smash the austerity regime bequeathed by the EU-IMF Troika.
OK, obviously they think that they can get away with doing that, and there’s probably some clause or law in there somewhere that gives the Portuguese government a legal fig leaf. But there’s a difference between thinking that the Left shouldn’t win an election and thinking that the Left shouldn’t be allowed to take power after winning an election. The former is just good, common sense; the latter is, well, wrong. Not to mention a really, really dumb precedent to set.
PS: Weirdly, that Telegraph article’s entire tone shifts about halfway through. I think that they stuck an op-ed on the end of the original by accident. And possibly even by accident-accident.