Euro-skeptic Left Bloc of Socialists and Communists win majority in Portugal, denied right to form government

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action The hollowing out of "democracy" is now complete. A united left won the clear majority in Portugal's parliamentary elections, and the president of the country is refusing to allow them to form a government, directing that the minority, pro-Euro-zone conservatives, continue to govern. On top of the austerity forced on Syriza in Greece, splitting the party, this exposes the limits of European parliamentary democracy. Europe's governments are inherently more democratic and responsive to popular majorities than the US Presidential and Congressional federal [...]