The World: Straight Talk From an Admiral

Shortly after Premier José Batista Pinheiro de Azevedo took office last month, Portuguese Socialists dubbed him "the admiral without fear. "A warm, outgoing man with ruddy skin, thick hands and peasant features, Pinheiro de Azevedo, 58, does not much like the nickname but concedes: "In some ways it is correct because when I have a decision in my head, I put it into action immediately. " Last week, at his office in Lisbon 's São Bento palace, Pinheiro de Azevedo talked candidly about some of the decisions he faces with TIME Correspondent George Taber. It was the first interview that the...

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