EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.  While technically the union can trundle on and is not obliged to respond to the vagaries of general elections, the anti-establishment vote is, in part, an expression of frustration at EU as well as national elites.   AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

In October last year, Enda Kenny took to the stage at the European People’s Party congress in Madrid and told the tale of Ireland’s return to economi(...)

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who was elected on Sunday: the Portuguese president’s duties are mainly ceremonial, but he can veto laws and dissolve parliament. Photograh: Hugo Correia/Reuters

Portugal’s new centre-right president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, has promised to work to unite a country divided by a fragmented political landscape a(...)

The leader of Portuguese Socialist Party, António Costa (left), during a parliamentary debate on the government’s policy programme  on Monday. Costa is expected to become prime minister. Photograph: Antonio Cotrim/EPA

A Socialist government supported by the far left is set to take power in Portugal after defeating a short-lived minority centre-right administratio(...)

Portugal’s prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho with finance minister Maria Luis Albuquerque during a debate in parliament on Monday.  Photograph: Hugo Correia/Reuters

Portugal’s far-left parties are set to topple the centre-right administration and support a socialist government. But with no guarantee of support for(...)

Portugal’s president Anibal Cavaco Silva, who has  accepted the line-up of a new minority government formed by premier Pedro Passos Coelho. Photograph: Manuel de Almeida/ EPA

Portugal’s president Anibal Cavaco Silva has accepted the line-up of a new minority government formed by premier Pedro Passos Coelho, setting the coun(...)

Portuguese president Aníbal Cavaco Silva: described a Socialist-Communist-BE coalition as “a clearly inconsistent alternative” which threatened to undermine the economy. Photograph: Manuel De Almeida/EPA.

An upcoming parliamentary vote is expected to reject the government programme of prime minister-elect Pedro Passos Coelho, extending a political crisi(...)

The general election result was a clear victory for prime minister and Social Democratic party leader Pedro Passos Coelho but the coalition no longer controls parliament. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

“A right-wing government in a left-wing parliament,” was the headline in Jornal de Notícias newspaper following Sunday’s Portuguese general election. (...)

Pedro Passos Coelho, Portugal’s prime minister and leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), celebrates after securing victory in the Portuguese election in Lisbon, Portugal. Photograph: Paulo Duarte/Bloomberg.

Portugal’s centre-right government on Sunday won an election that was a test of its tough austerity stance, but its failure to win a majority in parl(...)

Pedro Passos Coelho: ‘We’ve spent four years talking about finances and the economy and now everything is in order we can put the dignity back into politics.’ Photograph: Miguel A Lopes/EPA.

Tomorrow Pedro Passos Coelho will attempt to become the first prime minister of a bailed out euro-zone country to gain re-election. The conservative P(...)

 Andrej Babis: Greece has ‘gone bankrupt four times in the last 200 years and should do so a fifth time’. Photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images

As the escalating Greek crisis continues, one issue that is likely to emerge as a key sticking point in the forthcoming negotiations is the question o(...)