November 14, 2012

Portuguese protest ‘mourns’ Merkel as German chancellor makes pro-austerity visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Portugal in a show of support for a recent series of austerity measures in the bailed-out eurozone state. Protesters gathered in Lisbon to denounce Germany’s decision to back the harsh reforms.

Dozens of peaceful demonstrators gathered outside the Palace of Belem in Lisbon on Monday, as the German chancellor met with Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva.

She also held talks with Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho and a conference attended by leading German and Portuguese corporations.

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