WEIGHTY DECISION: Portugal's president is consulting the country's political parties before deciding whether to call a snap election. Two key ministers resigned last week due to disagreements over budget austerity policies, and the departures left the coalition government near collapse.
THE OPTIONS: Opposition parties are demanding elections two years ahead of schedule. But President Anibal Cavaco Silva could try a Cabinet reshuffle to end the squabble dividing coalition partners.
THE ISSUES: The coalition parties disagree on debt-cutting measures the country is required to enact in return for its $100 billion bailout two years ago. The junior Popular Party wants greater emphasis on economic growth policies.