RPT-As Europe left struggles, Portugal’s alliance wins over voters and Brussels

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LISBON, March 31 While the European left is largely struggling where it holds power, Portugal’s government alliance stands out as a remarkable exception; it is raising wages and gaining popularity and yet delivering the lowest budget deficit in living memory.


The unlikely alliance of centre-left Socialists and two far-left parties has overcome deep scepticism since it was formed in 2015, achieving stability and maintaining economic recovery at a time of political uncertainty across Europe.