Corruption scandals fuel public anger at politicians in austerity-hit Spain, Portugal

November 30, 2014 6:30 AM

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LISBON, Portugal – In Spain, citizens are fuming over tales of a secret political slush fund. In Portugal, people are aghast that a former prime minister has been jailed awaiting a possible trial for corruption. In both austerity-hit countries, mounting revelations of graft among the political class are fueling the emergence of new parties that have captured the mood of disaffected voters by offering a message of change.

With Iberia still reeling from the aftershocks of Europe's debt crisis, economics and ethics are poised to drive a shift in the political landscape, just as they have in Italy and Greece.

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