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Thread: Portugal's Constitutional Court rules some austerity cuts are unlawful.

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    Default Portugal's Constitutional Court rules some austerity cuts are unlawful.

    Portuguese court deems some budget cuts unlawful - RTÉ News

    The ruling may deny the government about €1.4bn of predicted revenue.

    The court's decision today delivers a setback to the austerity strategy agreed between the government and foreign creditors.

    Portugal got a loan of €78bn in a bailout two years ago.

    The 13 judges said in a statement that certain budget measures were unconstitutional.

    The measures included the cutting of holiday pay for government workers and pensioners.

    Other measures deemed unconstitutional were the reduction in unemployment and sickness benefit.

    Among the reasons for the decision were that the measures neglected guarantees of equality.

    Private sector workers are not subject to the measures.

    The government made no immediate comment but has scheduled a Cabinet meeting for tomorrow.

    Good to know at least some countries have Constitutional protections that mean something!

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    Get someone who can spell to correct the title please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drummed View Post
    Get someone who can spell to correct the title please.
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    Presumably the fire fighters will still get steak?

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    +1 on the judgement.

    I imagine the Portuguese government, along with Michael Noonan and other EZ Finance ministers, will rush to find some way around the Constitution and the Court's judgement in an effort to please creditors.

    Laws, it is becoming increasingly clear, are for the little people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkknight View Post
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    What drummed means, in his own inimitable way, is it should be "has ruled"...

    And they call me a pedant!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FunkyMonkey View Post
    What drummed means, in his own inimitable way, is it should be "has ruled"...

    And they call me a pedant!
    How do you know me so well after barely a month? Have we met before?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FunkyMonkey View Post
    What drummed means, in his own inimitable way, is it should be "has ruled"...
    If that's what he means, he is incorrect.

    Several formulations would be grammatically correct (though he seemed upset by some non-existent spelling issue), including the one employed in the thread title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummed View Post
    How do you know me so well after barely a month? Have we met before?
    It only takes barely a month drummed, old boy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FunkyMonkey View Post
    It only takes barely a month drummed, old boy.


    We'll see. Adding you to list of possible troublemakers.
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