“Not too long ago, Portugal stood on the brink of catastrophe: harsh austerity policies and the erosion of labor rights pushed by the conservative government lead to significant rises in poverty and unemployment. The economy dwindled due to the lack of peoples’ spending power. Today, everything has changed“It’s been more than three years since the socialist party assumed the reins of government. Since then, the skepticism of the early days has virtually vanished. The entirety of Europe seems impressed by the success story of António Costa [the head of the socialist government.]“The Portuguese economy has been booming for 4 years. 2017 marked the largest national economic growth of the century.