WBEZ | Portugal http://www.wbez.org/tags/portugal Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en How Germany went from 'sick man' of Europe to economic miracle http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-13/how-germany-went-sick-man-europe-economic-miracle-93117 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-13/german3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the 1990s, the U.S. was enjoying the fruits of a technology boom. The era created the first generation of Internet titans, from AOL to Yahoo. Unemployment hovered at around five percent. And U.S. consumers couldn’t stop consuming.</p><p>Back then, the Anglo press thumbed its nose at Germany for being the “sick man” of Europe. Having recently reunified with the much poorer East, the Germans struggled with inflexible labor laws, uncompetitive wages, and high rates of long-term unemployment.</p><p>Fast forward to the present, and the situation looks very different. The global recession has exposed the vulnerabilities of the all-mighty American consumer. Unemployment at home is at nine percent. Meanwhile, despite high taxes and high wages, Germany is the world’s second largest exporter. And the fate of European Union rests largely in the hands of Chancellor Angela Merkel.</p><p>To help us understand this reversal of fortune, we speak with <a href="http://www.gov.harvard.edu/people/faculty/peter-hall" target="_blank">Peter Hall</a>, a professor of European studies at Harvard University and co-editor of the book <a href="http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199247752.do" target="_blank">Varieties of Captialism: The Foundations of Comparative Advantage</a>. He sheds light on the structural and cultural differences between the American and Germany economies.</p></p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-13/how-germany-went-sick-man-europe-economic-miracle-93117 Worldview 8.10.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-81011 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-august/2011-08-03/portugal.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the third installment of our weeklong <em><a href="http://wbez.org/herethere" target="_blank">Here, There</a></em> series on the abortion debate in other countries, we go to Portugal. The Portuguese government legalized voluntary abortions up to the 10th week of pregnancy in 2007. Despite the changes, many doctors still refuse to perform the procedure. Beatriz Padilla, a senior researcher at Center for Research and Studies in Sociology at the <a href="http://www.iscte-iul.pt/home.aspx" target="_blank">University Institute of Lisbon</a>, explains the situation. Later in the hour, we meet <a href="http://www.choying.com/" target="_blank">Ani Choying Drolma</a>, a Nepali Buddhist nun. She founded an organization that supports the education and welfare of Buddhist nuns in her country. Drolma tells us her story and performs a few of her songs in WBEZ’s <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/studios" target="_blank">Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio</a>.</p></p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-81011 Proposed European credit rating agency set to give American “big three” competition http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-21/proposed-european-credit-rating-agency-set-give-american-%E2%80%9Cbig-three%E2%80%9D-com <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-21/german.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>American credit ratings agencies recently downgraded Greece, Portugal and Ireland’s debt to junk status, making it harder for the EU to avoid an economic meltdown. In Europe, there’s growing discontent over these agencies’ unchecked power. Earlier this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the creation of a new European credit ratings agency.</p><p><a href="http://www.rolandberger.com/expertise/experts/expert_profile/rbsc-exp-Markus_Krall.html" target="_blank">Markus Krall</a>, an economist at Roland Burger in Germany who's leading the effort, tells us how it would work.</p></p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-21/proposed-european-credit-rating-agency-set-give-american-%E2%80%9Cbig-three%E2%80%9D-com Does Portugal really need a bailout? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/does-portugal-really-need-bailout <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/socrates.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Now that Ireland&rsquo;s agreed to a bailout, analysts worry that Portugal may be next. Notre Dame professor <a href="http://www.nd.edu/~kellogg/faculty/fellows/fishman.shtml" target="_blank">Robert Fishman</a> is a co-editor of the book, &ldquo;The Year of the Euro.&rdquo; He argues that fears about the Iberian nation's economy are overblown.</p><p>He says Portugal went from a being a dictatorship and European backwater in the 1960s to a modern country by the end of the century. The transformation is especially surprising, since it also had to deal with the collapse of its empire in 1974.</p></p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 17:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/does-portugal-really-need-bailout