|Member of the European Parliament|
1 July 2014
1 July 2004 – 30 June 2009
|Born||Francisco José Pereira de Assis Miranda
8 January 1965
|Political party||Socialist Party (1985–present)|
|Alma mater||University of Porto|
Francisco José Pereira de Assis Miranda (born 8 January 1965 in Amarante) is a Portuguese politician and was a Member of the European Parliament for the Socialist Party; part of the Party of European Socialists from 2004 to 2009, and again from 2014.
Role in national politics
When the center-right coalition government of Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho lost its outright majority in parliament as a result of the 2015 national elections, Assis condemned "leftwing fantasies" within his Socialist Party, describing any attempt at an agreement with the anti-euro Communists and the radical left as "absurd". However, on 24 November, Socialist leader António Costa was appointed as Prime Minister after forming a parliamentary alliance with three euroskeptic far-left parties. Assis has since been publicly voicing his staunch opposition against the new coalition agreement.
Member of the European Parliament, 2014–present
Ahead of the 2014 European elections, the Socialist Party named Assis at the top of their list. Following the elections, he became a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on Human Rights. He is also the chairman of the parliament’s delegation for relations with Mercosur.
- Nicholas Hirst (April 29, 2014), European issues v domestic austerity in Portugal European Voice.
- Peter Wise (October 11, 2015) Portugal’s socialists explore leftist alliance Financial Times.
- Patricia Kowsmann and Matt Moffett (November 24, 2015) Socialist Leader António Costa Is Named as Portugal’s Prime Minister Wall Street Journal.
- João Lima (November 7, 2015) Portugal's Socialists `Hope' to Sign Accords for Government Bloomberg Business.
- Peter Wise (December 1, 2015) Portugal: backlash against austerity unites divided left Financial Times.
- Dave Keating (February 24, 2014), More Parliament candidates announced European Voice.
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