Portugal, Greece Face Challenges Over Austerity Pledges

Two debt-ridden European countries — Portugal and Greece — are facing new challenges on the austerity programs they agreed to in order to secure international bailouts and avoid bankruptcy.
In Lisbon, the government was near collapse after two key officials resigned in protest of its cost-cutting measures. Foreign Minister Paulo Portas quit Tuesday, the day after Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar left.
Portas is the leader of the Popular Party, the junior party in the center-right …

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