PORTUGAL: Delivering on Promises

When he addressed his countrymen for the first time as their new President, beneath the crystal chandeliers of Queluz Palace outside Lisbon last week, General Antonio de Spinola looked more like a statesman than a soldier. He wore rimless reading glasses and a somber black dress uniform rather than the jaunty monocle and olive battle fatigues that have been his trademarks. "I am assuming my new mandate with a clear conscience," he said, "because I have never considered politics all that alluring."

Politics must appear particularly unattractive to him now. As the...

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