March 21, 2002


Europeans redraw political map
(Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, March 20 2002, The Age au)
Europe is turning its back on benevolent socialism and voting for free-market reform and tough curbs on immigration.

Italy, Denmark and Norway have all swung sharply to the right during the last year.

Now Portugal has joined the club, opting last weekend for the conservative leader Jose Manuel Durao Barroso. An admirer of Margaret Thatcher, he has promised to cut taxes and take a machete to his country's bloated public sector, selling off parts of the health service in a large-scale privatisation drive.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 21, 2002 4:54 PM
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