Portugal

    • Portugal's ruling Socialists win election, but miss full majority

      Portugal's ruling Socialists win election, but miss full majority

      Portugal's ruling Socialists won Sunday's parliamentary election, but fell short of an outright majority, new wires reported. Now PM Antonio Costa needs to negotiate with one or both of his far-left allies in the previous legislature, during which he was supported by the Marxist Left Bloc (BE) and the Green-Communist alliance CDU without forming a formal coalition. Portugal is one of the few countries in Europe where Socialists are still going strong and right-wing populists play no significant role in politics.

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    • Portugal PM's party leads for Sunday election, but race heats up

      Portugal PM's party leads for Sunday election, but race heats up

      Portugal’s ruling Socialists maintained their lead position ahead of Sunday’s election in an opinion poll published on Wednesday, but remained short of a majority, while support for the main opposition surged. Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s center-left party, currently ruling with support from two far-left, eurosceptic parties, stood at 37% of voting intentions in the survey by the Catolica University pollsters for Publico daily and RTP television.

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    • Portuguese petrol stations run dry ahead of strike

      Portuguese petrol stations run dry ahead of strike

      "Empty" signs hung on pumps in Lisbon and elsewhere across Portugal a few hours before a strike by fuel-tanker drivers kicks off at the height of the summer holidays. According to an internet site that compiles reports from drivers, https://janaodaparaabastecer.vost.pt, almost 15% of the country's 3,000-plus stations were partially or fully sold out before the beginning of the strike at midnight.

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    •  29 dead in tourist bus crash on Portugal's Madeira Island

      29 dead in tourist bus crash on Portugal's Madeira Island

      A tour bus carrying German tourists crashed on Portugal's Madeira Island on Wednesday, killing 29 people and injuring 28 others, local authorities said. The accident happened at 18:30 when the driver lost control of the bus at a junction. The vehicle, which was carrying 55 people, rolled then down a steep hillside after veering off the road on a bend east of the capital, Funchal, and struck at least one house, local mayor Filipe Sousa told cable news channel SIC.

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