Paulo Casaca
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Will Portugal be granted more bail-out funds?

Portugal is due to find out whether it has passed the latest test of its main international backers.

The country was given a financial bail-out less then a year ago but has made deep spending cuts and introduced economic reforms.

The European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund, known as the troika, will release the results of their third review of Portugal's progress on Tuesday morning.

Economists say it is likely to approve the next slice of bailout funds for Portugal, worth 14bn euros.

Paulo Casaca is a Portuguese economist and former MEP for the Portuguese Socialist Party.

He told the BBC "we need countries like Germany to become the motors of the European economy" so they can pull countries like Portugal and Greece back onto their feet again.