Portuguese finance minister Mario Centeno presenting the 2016 National Budget Plan in Lisbon. Photograph: Manuel de Almeida/EPA

The European Commission approved Portugal’s 2016 draft budget yesterday after the new Socialist government promised to hike indirect taxes to meet EU (...)

A file image showing members of the German Navy watching the radar in the operations room of the frigate ‘Bayern’ in port at Limassol.  There is currently no comprehensive system to track shipments and cargos through EU ports and along its approximately 70,000km of coastline. Photograph: Getty

As Europe’s politicians struggle to control a deepening migrant crisis and staunch the rising threat of Islamist terrorism on their borders, little at(...)

The claimant must attend National Lottery headquarters in person to officially claim the prize but has 90 days from the date of the draw to do so. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Irish winner of Friday night’s shared €132 million EuroMillions jackpot will have to wait till the end of the week before the money is pooled from(...)

An elevated view over Biertan at sunrise

We bit the bullet and booked flights to Bucharest, Romania, for 16 days in July. We have three kids, aged 13, 11 and nine, who love walking, cycling,(...)

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who was elected on Sunday: the Portuguese president’s duties are mainly ceremonial, but he can veto laws and dissolve parliament. Photograh: Hugo Correia/Reuters

Portugal’s new centre-right president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, has promised to work to unite a country divided by a fragmented political landscape a(...)

 Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa  before delivering a speech in Lisbon after winning Portugal’s presidential election. “It is time to turn the page and de-traumatise, start an economic, social and political pacifiication,” he said. Photograph: Mario Cruz/EPA

Centre-right candidate Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa won Portugal’s presidential election on Sunday, an outcome that should help maintain political balance(...)

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at the  Brighton-Middlesbrough match last December. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

There are ‘C’ words to love or hate but the most untrustworthy must be charisma. That’s why it will be entirely refreshing if this Arsenal side ultima(...)

‘Criminalising drug use doesn’t work’.

Teenagers and young adults are more vulnerable to risky and reckless behaviour because of changes in the prefrontal cortexes of their brains. These ne(...)

A new Spanish legislature began yesterday, the most fragmented of the country’s modern era and one that could be short-lived if it fails to see a new(...)

 Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder of the Web Summit, with Portuguese deputy prime minister Paulo Portas, during the Web Summit in Dublin in November. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Driving from Lisbon city centre towards Parque das Nações in the east of the city, a warm winter breeze washes in from the Atlantic Ocean. The vast(...)