«... The small 10-million strong country on Europe's south western coast has plenty of ideas of what it would like to do to put its stamp on the bloc for the six month presidency - but its tenure is set to be shaped and judged on these two hot issues. (...) So far, Portugal has responded to the threat with a mixture of determination and cajoling (1). Portuguese prime minister Jose Socrates over the weekend said he felt the treaty mandate was "clear and precise" and that he thought there had been a "misunderstanding"».
(1) «... mistura de determinação com adulação» - uma forma pendular e tão portuguesa de ver o mundo.