Portugal has taken austerity measures to a new level with the decision to scrap four of its 14 public holidays.
Two religious festivals and two other public holidays will be suspended for five years from 2013.
The decision over which Catholic festivals to cut was negotiated with the Vatican.
Portugal has already cut public sector wages and raised taxes to reduce its budget deficit and deal with its economic crisis.
The country agreed a 78bn euro bailout deal with the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund last year and recently passed the latest review of its spending cuts.
It is hoped the suspension of the public holidays will improve competitiveness and boost economic activity.
The four days affected are All Saints Day on 1 November; Corpus Christi, which falls 60 days after Easter; 5 October, which commemorates the formation of the Portuguese Republic in 1910; and 1 December, which marks Portuguese independence from Spanish rule in 1640.
Source: The BBC
The One World Government can not rise just by its self.
The ongoing formation of the state of Europe requires that nationalist days of remembrance are removed, or rewritten. All over the EU-zone.
That Portugal shall not commemorate the formation of the Republic of Portugal in 1910, does not come as a surprise. Just like in all other members states, EU and Schengen will soon come up with new holidays that express the vision of the new Europe. To be able to set up new days of remembrance, the old must be removed.
In oil-rich Norway, we can not use an economic down turn as an excuse to remove such days. So the government just rewrote the ideology behind one of your days of remembrance. No longer shall Norwegians remember 8th of May as our day of liberation from Nazi-Germany. From now onwards the center-left Government wants us to highlight the Norwegians who have served as soldiers in the United Nation (UN) “peace keeping forces”.
These kind of changes are like daylight robberies.
You can say a lot about the present Russian leadership. But to stop celebrating 9th of May in Moscow as the day of victory over Nazi-Germany, is unthinkable. In Norway, it looks like Nazism best can be handled if it is forgotten or ignored. Just like Norway tried to do from 1936 to 1940.
The Labor party in Norway pretend that fascism can never rise again. That is extremely naive, a stand that should only be taken by those who deepest in their heart support the National Socialism of Adolf Hitler.
Written by Ivar