Portugal’s social and political order is being tested to the limit as the coalition government imposes further austerity measures to meet the terms of its bailout package. A majority of the people support the public demonstrations against austerity and rising taxes in Portugal's towns and cities but not the violence. In part four of our series on the Future of Europe we consider that anger aimed at the European Union and the euro could easily change and risk social cohesion and political stability.

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If taken to extremes, that change in popular mood could lead to social upheaval which becomes relatively difficult to control. Social cohesion and political and institutional instability could be at risk
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