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Country Forecast Portugal Updater

  • ID: 2101495
  • January 2016
  • Region: Portugal
  • 17 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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Portugal is led by a centre-left Socialist Party (PS) minority government. In parliament it is backed by three external supporters: the Left Bloc (BE), the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) and the Greens (PEV).

The cabinet, led by António Costa, intends to slow the pace of fiscal consolidation. It hopes to stimulate domestic demand by boosting incomes for lower- and middle-wage earners, civil servants and pensioners. However, the government will face countervailing pressures from the EU institutions, the PS's more hardline allies and the president. An election in late 2016 or in 2017 therefore cannot be ruled out.

Portugal's successful return to the sovereign bond markets at low interest rates-with yields suppressed in large measure by the purchases that are being made by the European Central Bank (ECB)-is allowing the country to repay its EUR26.9bn IMF loan, starting this year. The risk of further euro zone instability remains considerable, and The Economist Intelligence Unit believes that Greece is likely to leave the bloc within the forecast period. Emerging economic recovery has reduced Portugal's vulnerability, although the new government's policies-particularly with respect to privatisations and the financial sector-are likely to heighten investor skittishness.

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Country Forecast Portugal Updater

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Country forecast overview: Portugal's business environment at a glance
Policy towards private enterprise and competition
Policy towards foreign investment
Foreign trade and exchange controls
Taxes
Financing
The labour market
Infrastructure

Fact sheet

Outlook for 2016-20: Political stability

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Data summary: Global outlook

Data summary: Gross domestic product, current market prices

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Data summary: Growth and productivity

Data summary: Economic structure, income and market size

Data summary: Fiscal indicators

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Data summary: Employment, wages and prices

Data summary: Current account and terms of trade

Data summary: Foreign direct investment

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