|Lissabon. Foto: Lennart R.|
Nu rapporterar The Telegraphs Harriet Alexander från Lissabon:
"The Camões college in central Lisbon should be the epitome of an elite educational establishment. Portugal's oldest and most prestigious academy, its alumni include some of the country's most illustrious figures – among them head of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.Yet the century-old building is surrounded by knee-high weeds and overgrown grasses. Windows are broken, shutters hang off their hinges, and damp patches creep across the ceilings. The once-great school, like much of Portugal, is crumbling under the weight of three years of austerity measures."Jag är själv övertygad om att det i varje sådan situation finns människor som kommer undan. Som har bankmedel och andra ägodelar säkrade, så som ryssarna på Cypern visade sig ha det. Men nog är det ett illavarslande tecken när en viktig institution som den ovan förfaller.
"In the corridors of the Camões college, with their chipped tiles and overpopulated classrooms, the staff are wondering how they can cope with the further slashing of their budget, on top of what the European Commission say were already some of the toughest education cuts in the EU."
|Oavsett läget i stort är skoputsarna en institution i Lissabon. Foto: Lennart R.|
"In the centre of the city the Dr Alfredo da Costa maternity clinic – known locally as Mac – will close its palatial doors in the next few weeks, after 80 years of bringing most of Lisbon's inhabitants into the world. Hundreds of ribbons have been tied to the wrought iron fence surrounding the hospital, with messages such as "Three generations born in Mac," and "Mac is life, keep it alive." To cut costs, the doctors and nurses will be relocated to other clinics – despite the facilities being recognised as among the best in the city."
|Många av Lissabons vackra husfasader hade förfallit före 1974. Med EU-inträdet påbörjades renoveringarna. Måtte de nu få förbli så fina som denna. Foto: Lennart R.|