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With his family in Mangualda, in the Viseu region, he currently represents the Portuguese-speaking community, which includes thousands of Portuguese, in the Oval region.

Diogo Costa

Diogo Costa, 23, is of Portuguese descent and is linked to Lambeth in London. On 5 May 2022, the election vote was dictated by Diogo Costa as Councilor for the Municipality of Lambeth (South London) for the Labor Party. With family in Mangualda, in the Viseu region, he now represents the Portuguese-speaking community, which includes thousands of Portuguese living in the Oval region. About 326 thousand people live in Lambeth, of which the second most representative community is the Portuguese. Jornal do Centro found a young man who talks about his political life

How did the desire to get involved in the political system arise? Did your childhood and youth in Lambeth influence this decision?
Yes, from a young age I was interested in politics, because at the age of 16 I studied political science in the 11th and 12th grades here in the UK. And then I saw some political events take place like Scottish independence, Brexit and the 2015 elections where I saw the British people vote. All this interested me, and I wanted to be part of something that could change the state of the country. With the support of my teachers, I ran for Lambeth Youth Mayor, applied and won. I had a two year term and enjoyed the experience. So, when I became a member of the party and achieved certain functions in this party, when the opportunity arose to run for the post of councilor in the Oval, I decided to run.

In your opinion, at what age does political consciousness begin in people?
I think I am one of the few cases where young people are interested in politics. Young people should have an interest in this area, but school and parents’ education can be factors that compromise this interest as they do not teach politics. At my school I also had citizenship classes and at that time I was very curious to understand the rights and obligations of citizens. So I began to study the political and state system and realized that everything is politics. When we are born, we already have policies that affect our lives. Health care and education, for example, are subject to the political system. The lack, especially in the UK, of trying to educate and educate about the political system and encourage young people, because young people think it doesn’t concern them and therefore they stay away from politics. The same thing happens with older people.

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What is your professional experience and how does this affect your work in the Chamber to which you have been elected?
I took a computer science course and a software engineering course because computers were another of my interests in elementary school. I knew from a very young age that I didn’t want to study politics because people don’t need to study politics to be in politics. Computing is an area in which I help people, and therefore my work is not related to politics. I don’t like to say that I have a political career, I just do it in my spare time. The adviser does not receive a salary, so he will not be able to live as an adviser. I work as a computer engineer in the financial center of London, my job is full time from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. The work of an adviser is carried out at night or on weekends, with meetings in committees of the House.

What does politics mean to you?
Politics for me is making decisions and solving issues and problems that exist in society. In my area, as an advisor, I see issues such as garbage collection, roads, parking, or company permits, such as longer working hours. Having an opinion and a desire to change social problems are political.

Does the Lambeth community have social or other needs that need to change?
Lambeth has a large community of Portuguese descendants from Madeira and Mangualdens, and the biggest problem is integration. Emigration to Lambeth took place in the 70s, 80s and 90s, people who emigrated in search of jobs that did not require high qualifications. One of the problems is that expats do not speak English well. Those who want to see a doctor ask, for example, to be accompanied by family members who were born in the United Kingdom. Another problem is low wages and high rents. There is an internal emigration of Portuguese descendants to the south of the municipality because the rent is cheaper.

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What fundamental role do citizens play in political life?
Unfortunately, there are not many representatives of the Portuguese language in the neighborhood, although Portuguese is the second most spoken language after English. The Portuguese can vote locally, but there is no system to link knowledge about the political system and how it can help the Portuguese. They have the right to vote, but many do not vote because they think that politicians are all the same and there are still many comparisons with the Portuguese political system. There are others who do not want to vote, but I believe that those who were born here after the dictatorship are more interested. The latest migrants to follow the troika are people with advanced degrees who have been unable to find work in Portugal, and although many of them are not in Lambeth, they vote in British elections.

What projects does the Lambeth Chamber have to help with integration?
Lambeth City Council has already launched the Somos Lamnbeth program to identify the problem and try to solve it by intervening in schools and supporting Portuguese students. We already have a school that is doing well since the introduction of this program and therefore we want to continue to place it in other elementary schools.”

What is the weight and importance of the representativeness of the Portuguese-speaking community in English politics?
If we look at the statistics of permanent residence in the European Union, the Portuguese community is in 5th or 6th place with over 300,000 applications for permanent residence, so it is a large Portuguese community.

What do you think is the most different from English politics compared to Portuguese?
In the UK, when we vote, we are not voting for a party, but for an individual candidate. Of course, the party is on the ballot along with the name of the candidate, but this is a one-man election. During the campaign, candidates serve the public, meaning citizens can consult with the candidate to raise concerns, leave complaints, or ask questions. You can also consult by e-mail or by phone. I represent the Oval area and there are three advisors and I am one of them. In elections, citizens can vote for no more than three separate candidates. Thus, there is a connection between the politician and the reader.

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How can politics create better conditions for the Portuguese-speaking population of Lambeth?
We are always trying to have a policy that is favorable to the workers and the working class, because this is an area controlled by the Labor Party. In addition, we are in a climate crisis with terrible air pollution and we are already making changes to our streets to reduce car use and increase bike use, public transport and encourage walking. There are already children in the UK who were born with asthma, so we want to work together for the health of the local people and the well-being of future generations. Living in a clean area is one of the great goals we strive for.

What do you think a good politician should be like?
A good politician should be honest with the people and try to do everything possible to change the lives of citizens. There are things I would like to do, but I don’t make promises that I know I can’t keep.

Projects for the future?
I have been working since the age of 19 and my engineering career has just started, so I am focused on gaining more experience in the field of programming. Politically, we’ll see how these four years in office play out, but I always want to help the people of Lambeth.

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The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario



The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario

Yesterday, financial agents evaluated the opposite decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) regarding the so-called secret budget. In addition, a decision was made by STF Minister Gilmar Méndez to issue an injunction that would exclude the Bolsa Família from the spending cap rule, with investors trying to understand how this measure would affect the processing of the transitional PEC in the Chamber of Deputies. Oh this PEC!!!!

Since he is an exchange investor, any reading that the budget will be exceeded or become more flexible will negatively affect the exchange market, whether through the PEC or in any other way. We will continue with volatility today.

Looking beyond, the US Central Bank (Fed), although slowing down the pace of monetary tightening at its December meeting, issued a tougher-than-expected statement warning that its fight against inflation was not yet over, raising fears that rising US interest rates will push the world’s largest economy into recession.

The currency market continues to react to political news. The voting on the PEC is saved for today. It is expected that it will indeed be reviewed to open the way tomorrow for discussions on the 2023 budget.

Yesterday, the spot price closed the selling day at R$5.3103.

For today on the calendar we will have an index of consumer confidence in the eurozone. Good luck and good luck in business!!

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Andrés Sánchez consults with the Ministry of Sports, but refuses a political post.



The former president of the Corinthians dreams of working for the CBF as a national team coordinator. He was consulted shortly after Lula’s election.

Former Corinthians president Andrés Sánchez was advised to take a position in the Ministry of Sports under the administration of Lula (PT). However, he ruled out a return to politics. dreams of taking over the coordination of CBF selectionHow do you know PURPOSE.

No formal invitation was made to the former Corinthian representative, only a consultation on a portfolio opportunity with the new federal government, which will be sworn in on January 1, 2023.

Andrés was the Federal MP for São Paulo from 2015 to 2019. At that time he was elected by the Workers’ Party. However, the football manager begs to stay in the sport, ruling out the possibility of getting involved in politics again.

Andrés Sanchez’s desire is to fill the position of CBF tackle coordinator, which should become vacant after the 2022 World Cup. Juninho Paulista fulfills this function in Brazil’s top football institution.

The former president of Corinthians was in Qatar to follow the World Cup along with other figures in Brazilian football. During his time in the country, he strengthened his ties with the top leadership of the CBF.

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The EU has reached a political agreement on limiting gas prices – 19.12.2022



Germany sentenced Russian to life imprisonment for political murder by order of Moscow - 12/15/2021
BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 19 (ANSA). European Union countries reached a political agreement on Monday (19) to impose a natural gas price ceiling of 180 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). The main sources of income for Russia and the minimization of the use of energy as a weapon by the regime of Vladimir Putin.

The agreement was approved by a supermajority at a ministerial meeting of member states in Brussels, Belgium, after months of discussions about the best way to contain the rise in natural gas prices in the bloc caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .

The value set by the countries is well below the proposal made by the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, in November: 275 EUR/MWh. However, the countries leading the cap campaign were in favor of an even lower limit, around 100 EUR/MWh.

Germany, always wary of price controls, voted in favor of 180 euros, while Austria and the Netherlands, also skeptical of the cap, abstained. Hungary, the most pro-Russian country in the EU, voted against.

The instrument will enter into force on 15 February, but only if natural gas prices on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange exceed 180 euros/MWh for three consecutive days. In addition, the difference compared to a number of global benchmarks should be more than 35 euros.

Italy, the EU’s biggest supporter of the ceiling, has claimed responsibility for the measure. “This is a victory for Italy, which believed and worked for us to reach this agreement,” Environment and Energy Minister Gilberto Picetto tweeted.

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“This is a victory for Italian and European citizens who demand energy security,” he added.

Currently, the gas price in Amsterdam is around 110 EUR/MWh, which is already a reflection of the agreement in Brussels – in August the figure even broke the barrier of 340 EUR/MWh.

However, Russia has already threatened to stop exports to countries that adhere to the ceiling. (ANSA).

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