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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 sees jump in COVID-19 cases, eyes restrictions

Nov. 24, 2021 12:45 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal on Wednesday reported its highest number of new daily COVID-19 infections since July amid a surge in cases across Europe, though hospitalizations are rising more slowly in the country where 86% of people are vaccinated. The Portuguese...

Despite high jab rate, Portugal mulls new COVID-19 measures

Nov. 16, 2021 10:56 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal has vaccinated 86% of the country against the coronavirus, but the prime minister warned Tuesday that the latest infection surge across Europe compels the Portuguese government to consider precautionary measures. “We can’t ignore the...

Portugal protects employees with new rules on home working

Nov. 05, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament approved Friday new labor laws on working from home, introducing additional protection for employees who do their job away from company premises. The new rules are a response to the trend of more staff working from home...

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...

Portugal to stamp out anti-gay prejudice in blood donations

Oct. 08, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament approved four bills Friday that enshrine in law the country’s rules and procedures on blood donations, amid reports people are being turned away due to their sexual orientation. The Portuguese Constitution forbids...