Democratic constitutions a ‘barrier’ to neo-liberal ‘reforms’

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New Hurdle for Resolving Euro Crisis:  Constitutions

By Patricia Kowsmann

LISBON—Europe’s sovereign debt crisis has forced governments to grapple with bloated public payrolls, yawning deficits and falling revenues. Now many are encountering yet another, less-evident obstacle to balancing the budget: their constitutions. In the latest example, Portugal’s Constitutional Court on Thursday shot down the government’s attempts to improve the country’s competitiveness by making it easier […]

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