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Portugal government orders striking fuel drivers back to work

12 Aug 2019

LISBON Portugal's government ordered striking fuel-tanker workers back to work in some parts of the country on Monday after fuel supplies ran low at locations including Lisbon airport despite measures to counter the impact of the walkout.

Seizures of cocaine in Europe hit record amount - EU drugs agency

06 Jun 2019

LISBON The amount of cocaine seized by authorities in Europe doubled in 2017 to reach a record 140 tonnes in a strong indication of soaring mass supply of the drug coming from Latin America, the Lisbon-based EU drugs agency said on Thursday.

Portugal's Socialists prepare run for majority rule after EU vote

27 May 2019

LISBON Portugal's ruling Socialists are prepared to ditch their far-left allies and go it alone at a general election in October, emboldened by their sound economic management and a weak opposition to seek majority rule.

Portugal's Socialists prepare run for majority rule after EU vote

27 May 2019

LISBON Portugal's ruling Socialists are prepared to ditch their far-left allies and go it alone at a general election in October, emboldened by their sound economic management and a weak opposition to seek majority rule.

Portuguese teachers' pay row defused by opposition parties

05 May 2019

LISBON Portugal's main conservative opposition parties would approve retroactive pay rises for teachers only if public finances can sustain them, they said on Sunday, reducing the chances of the Socialist government resigning over the issue.

European socialists smell comeback in Spanish victory

01 May 2019

MADRID Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's election victory delivered a shot in the arm for Europe's struggling left, which fears a surge by the right in this month's European parliament elections.

Euro zone governments worry over Italy's low growth: Eurogroup

23 Apr 2019

LISBON The euro zone is worried about the heavily indebted Italian economy's weak growth and needs Rome to implement its budget plans "with credibility", the head of the currency bloc's group of finance ministers said.

Sowing divisions, Franco exhumation plan looms over Spanish election

10 Apr 2019

SAN LORENZO DE EL ESCORIAL, Spain The Valley of the Fallen outside Madrid seems peaceful enough on a sunny spring day but, with national elections just around the corner, its distinction as the burial place of Francisco Franco has turned it into a political battleground. | Video

IMF'S Lagarde says messy Brexit could have 'significant consequences'

01 Mar 2019

LISBON A messy Brexit could have "significant consequences" and represents the biggest short-term risk to the British economy, although all Brexit outcomes imply costs, IMF chief

Portugal's economy: an express train at risk of derailing

15 Feb 2019

LISBON The passengers on a night train chugging along Portugal's northern coast last month got the fright of their lives when the 40-year-old locomotive's diesel engine literally fell off.

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