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Spain's far right doubles seats in hung parliament, difficult talks ahead

11 Nov 2019

MADRID Spain's far-right Vox party more than doubled its number of lawmakers in the country's fourth national election in four years, which delivered a deeply fragmented parliament, setting the stage for very difficult government negotiations. | Video

Portugal's PM targets 25% minimum wage rise in his new term

26 Oct 2019

LISBON Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa promised on Saturday to raise the monthly minimum wage by 25% to 750 euros ($830) by 2023 as he started his second term in the office, while reiterating the goal to cut public debt to below 100% of GDP.

Portugal president seeks swift talks on premier after Socialist win

07 Oct 2019

LISBON Portugal's president will consult the main political parties on Tuesday so as to have a prime minister-designate in place without delay to tackle issues such as Brexit following the Socialists' victory in Sunday's election, his office said.

In austerity-scarred Portugal, fiscal discipline is a vote winner

04 Oct 2019

LISBON Portugal's Socialist Prime Minister Antonio Costa aims to retain power at Sunday's parliamentary election with a pledge that looks like an unlikely vote-winner for western Europe's poorest country - no backtracking on tight spending controls. | Video

'Not just for the pooches': Portugal's 'animal party' could be kingmaker

27 Sep 2019

LISBON They want lower taxes on pet food and oppose bull-fights: with these proposals, Portugal's People-Animals-Nature party could become a kingmaker in a national election next week, its ratings swelled by voters like car factory worker Alexandre Corona.

Portugal fuel-tanker drivers say they will suspend strike, negotiate

16 Aug 2019

LISBON Portugal's fuel-tanker drivers will suspend a five-day-old strike that led to fuel rationing at the height of the tourist season and negotiate with employers in government-brokered talks, their union said on Friday.

Spain's Socialists rise above 40%, voter poll shows

30 Jul 2019

MADRID Spain's Socialist party extended its lead in an opinion poll published on Tuesday, which potentially put it on course to challenge for a majority in a snap election days after it failed to persuade lawmakers to confirm it in government.

Spain's Sanchez seeks to avoid election, Podemos coalition offer off

26 Jul 2019

MADRID Spain's Socialists said on Friday that they would keep working with all parties to avoid a repeat election but were no longer prepared to offer a coalition government to far-left Podemos, which blocked their attempt to be confirmed in power. | Video

Portugal's Socialists extend lead before October election - poll

12 Jul 2019

LISBON Portugal's ruling Socialists extended their lead over the opposition in an opinion poll released on Friday three months before a parliamentary vote, putting them closer to winning a majority after years of solid, if slowing, economic growth.

With Spanish politics in turbulence zone, what next for Sanchez & Co?

31 May 2019

MADRID Two sets of elections in the past month have left Spanish politics deeply fragmented, paving the way for a complex and hard-to-predict round of horse-trading as the main parties seek to form alliances.

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Prince Andrew halts public duties over sex scandal

Britain's Prince Andrew stepped down from public duties on Wednesday, saying the controversy surrounding his "ill-judged" association with late U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein had caused major disruption to the royal family's work.