Friday 10 September 2010

Euroblogosphere: Who discovers Portugal?

The current population of Portugal is 10.6 million, but this small country was at the vanguard of European overseas exploration (Wikipedia).

About 260 million speakers of Portuguese are the legacy of these intrepid explorers and the colonial empire their discoveries led to. Portuguese is the fifth most spoken language in the world (Source: Wikipedia).

The former Portuguese prime minister José Manuel Durão Barroso is president of the European Commission since November 2004 (Wikipedia), now in his second term.

The current update of the EU Treaties is called the Treaty of Lisbon. Portugal participates in all EU policies, without opt-outs.

The present economic difficulties make Portugal one of the countries to follow with special care within the European Union and the Eurozone.

However, Portugal is quiet on the Euroblog front.

Among the 662 EU related blogs on the multilingual blog aggregator, the only blog in Portuguese to have published during the last seven days seems to be the internationally oriented Tratados, by Bruno Oliveira Martins.

I also made sporadic attempts to find Portuguese Euroblogs through other means, but came up short.

How should I put it?

Is it the time for the Portuguese to discover Europe, or social media, or should European online media discover Portugal?

Ralf Grahn

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