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António Costa is by far the best Portuguese politician?



António Costa é, de longe, o melhor político português?

António Silva Carvalho

It has become almost certain, even among observers with no sympathy for socialist ideologies (such as José Miguel Hudice or João Miguel Tavares), that the current prime minister and leader of the PS is without a shadow of a doubt “the best national politician of his generations.”

Now I, who do not agree with this statement – although I tend to almost always join the political positions of the two above-mentioned analysts – ask: what is it and what is expected of a very good politician?

Unless there is evidence to the contrary, “everyone” expects a very good politician/governor to be able to find and implement the best solution to the country’s biggest problems; that he is able to anticipate and prevent the greatest collective dramas, difficulties and setbacks that the Portuguese and our companies will have to face in the short, medium and long term; who has the vision and the ability to prepare the country in the best possible way so that it can support itself at the international level, taking into account the global challenges of the world today and in the foreseeable future.

Well, in my opinion, and from what we’ve seen since António Costa (AC) became ruler, he has never shown evidence of being capable of any of what was said above – quite the contrary.

In fact, he has proven to be a great propagandist for himself and for the PS, but always with the (usually deceptive) goal of persuading the Portuguese to vote for what he says. And in this respect, he has achieved tremendous success, to such an extent that in the last legislative elections, as you know, he received an absolute majority.

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However, as to what was really important or vital to the Portuguese, especially to the most disadvantaged, not only was almost everything left unresolved, but there was a progressive deterioration of the situation in the country, both in absolute and relative terms. terms in space.

Both in finance and economy (stagnation, impoverishment, huge debt), as well as in health (almost nothing really works on social networks), in justice, in education, in so-called infrastructure, in housing, in internal management (example : rural fires), etc., etc., we see more and more serious national problems accumulating for which no good or reasonable solutions have been found.

It is clear that the AU is not responsible for the criminal war that Putin decided to impose on Ukraine and the West / NATO, nor is it responsible for the catastrophic consequences that global climate change is increasingly bringing to Portugal and the world. But, for example, have any concrete initiatives already been taken to prepare the country to “experience” the extreme drought that is already affecting, sometimes dramatically, most of our territory? Has it ever occurred to you, in particular, the need to desalinate sea water? And what about the creation of biomass plants, when will they be implemented?

I know perfectly well that running a country today has become a much more complex and challenging task than it was, say, 20 or 30 years ago. This is what requires (or rather requires) teams made up of people far more gifted, trained and capable than in the past. And I have the impression that, unfortunately, in our country, most people involved in political activities are not the best, but the least gifted and capable, precisely because they blindly agree to obey the leader of the party.

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Therefore, when people say that the AU is “a much better politician than everyone else,” what they really mean is that, despite being unable to solve most of the country’s problems, it is much more skillful and convincing in obtaining votes, and also manipulate the media in their favor, which has a decisive effect.

When I was young and there was a dictatorship here, I think most people were astute enough to distinguish good politicians from “snake oil salesmen” as they were then called.

Now, despite the fact that we live in a democracy and with freedom of speech, it seems to me that the Portuguese are becoming more and more ready to be deceived by any demagogue.

Despite the relatively unfavorable assessment I give António Costa as a ruler and prime minister, if you ask me how do I compare him to Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, Nicolás Maduro or other world famous leaders of the same caliber? I would say that, without a doubt, I consider him much better or less bad than any of the political leaders mentioned, which means that I am not a hostage to any party ideology, whether left or right. I have merely expressed my personal opinion of a certain political hero who, after Salazar, wields (and exercises) the most power in nearly every aspect of national life—expressed and unspoken.

July 22, 2022

Antonio Silva Carvalho

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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.

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

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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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