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Old age ‘abandon’ on the increase

More and more elderly people are being abandoned by their families to welfare homes - and the head of the union of state-funded homes (Lares de Misericórdia) says it’s not all down to the crisis...

News channels were buzzing on Wednesday (November 13) with reports that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had stiff words for Portugal.

The Fund’s chief spokesman in Portugal, Subir...

Warmer climate brings different fish to Portuguese waters

Warmer waters fuelled by climate change could be bringing and taking away various types of fish from Portugal’s shores, thus affecting Portugal’s regular fish eating habits, according to a joint...

New tobacco tax encourages contraband

Government plans to slap a stiff new tax on rolling tobacco will almost certainly backfire and lead to contraband and people buying elsewhere. Who says this is the European Association of...

Minimum wage "may increase" after 2014, says Passos Coelho

He seemed to say it in one breath, and then deny it with another. Playing a deft political game, Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho met with unionists over the state Budget for 2014 and...

Portugal speaking better English, says study

Portugal is the most proficient country in Western Europe at speaking and writing English. The glowing report came from a recent study by international education company Education First (EF) which...

Almost 660,000 Portuguese families defaulting on mortgage payments

Reporting statistics that hide endless social tragedy, Lusa news agency reveals that 658,900 Portuguese families were defaulting on mortgage payments at the end of September this year.

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The forward-thinking idea of regional development minister Miguel Poiares Maduro to create a new form of Citizens’ Shop in CTT post offices is causing unease in certain government circles.

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A 60-year-old man with time on his hands made almost 7,000 calls from July to December to the national emergency hotline 112 - and now he’s in the dock, charged with the crime of abuse and “...

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