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Europe considers new COVID-19 strategy: Accepting the virus

Jan. 20, 2022 15:38 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic was first declared, Spaniards were ordered to stay home for more than three months. For weeks, they were not allowed outside even for exercise. Children were banned from playgrounds, and the economy virtually stopped. But officials...

Portugal's election campaign begins under pandemic limits

Jan. 16, 2022 05:04 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The official two-week campaigning period for Portugal’s Jan. 30 general election kicked off Sunday, but there will be none of the large flag-waving rallies usually associated with the buildup to the ballot because of the coronavirus pandemic. The vote...

Portugal ponders how to hold election amid omicron surge

Jan. 05, 2022 10:42 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Authorities in Portugal are wrestling with a conundrum: how to hold a general election scheduled for Jan. 30 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases that is confining hundreds of thousands of potential voters to their homes. Around 400,000 people are currently in...

Portugal's president vetoes 2nd version of euthanasia bill

Nov. 30, 2021 05:08 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's president has refused to sign for the second time a parliament-sanctioned bill allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, arguing the wording is imprecise and effectively shelving the piece of legislation until a new parliament and government are...

Portugal's parliament backs revised bill allowing euthanasia

Nov. 05, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament approved a reworded bill Friday to allow euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill and seriously injured people, after a court blocked the initial version because of what it said was unclear terminology. ...

Portugal’s president calls a snap election on Jan. 30

Nov. 04, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s president announced Thursday that he is dissolving parliament and calling a snap election for Jan. 30, following the minority Socialist government’s defeat in a key vote on post-pandemic plans to spend billions of euros in European Union funding. ...

Portugal’s political fate uncertain after govt budget defeat

Oct. 28, 2021 06:57 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s president says the ballot box is the best way of breaking a political stalemate after the country's parliament threw out the minority Socialist government’s proposed state budget for next year. The head of state's plan to hold a...

Election likely in Portugal after govt defeat in budget vote

Oct. 27, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament on Wednesday rejected the minority Socialist government’s proposed state budget for 2022, a move expected to trigger an early election and put a brake on the country’s post-pandemic recovery plans. After weeks of...

Portugal: Brewing political storm could bring snap election

Oct. 25, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A political storm is brewing in Portugal, where the minority Socialist government is finding it hard to win support for its state budget from other left-of-center parties. The Portuguese Communist Party announced Monday it won’t vote in favor...