Germany’s finance minister breaks recent silence to return to ‘bashing Portugal’

Social media reaction to Wolfgang Schauble’s return to ‘Portugal bashing’ was fast and furious on Wednesday, with commentators saying: “Oh, for God’s sakes…” and at least one Portuguese MEP retweeting the echoes of frustration.

Schauble’s new ‘alert’ – similar to others sounded last year that then did the rounds of the international financial pages – centres on Portugal taking care that it does not need to request a second bailout.

Schauble’s antipathy towards Portugal’s anti-austerity government was dubbed “biased” and “uninspired” late last year by prime minister António Costa (click here).

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