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Web Summit co-founder Paddy Cosgrave  with Portugal’s prime minister Antonio Costa at the event’s start. Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

The Web Summit kicked off its opening ceremony in Lisbon, but the event didn’t go without a hitch. While 3,000 people stood outside the MEO Arena wa(...)

The spice market in Istanbul. Why hasn’t the Turkish economy collapsed with an additional approximately 3.5m Syrians within its borders over the last few years? Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Clashes between police and migrants at the Greece-Macedonia border in recent days is proof, if further proof was required, that the EU’s response to t(...)

Mário Centeno, Portugal’s finance minister, said Lisbon had agreed to table the extra deficit-reduction measures requested by Brussels, but added that he was ‘certain they will not be needed’. Photograph: Hugo Correia/Reuters.

An agreement by Portugal’s new Socialist government to draw up “Plan B” deficit cuts to ensure its “anti-austerity” budget complies with EU rules has (...)

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(...)

President Michael D Higgins with Lisbon mayor Fernando Medina   at Lisbon City Hall where the  President  was given the key of the city on the second day of his   State visit to Portugal. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

The economic recovery should extend to every part of a country’s population, President Michael D Higgins has said, as he urged “meaningful and social(...)

President Michael D Higgins is welcomed by Portuguese prime minister Antonio Costa before a meeting at the ministry of foreign affairs in Lisbon: the President’s State visit comes at an interesting time politically. Photograph: Inacio Rosa/EPA

Positioned majestically on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of Europe’s oldest and most westerly cities. The temperate climate and soft (...)

The leader of Portuguese Socialist Party, António Costa (left), during a parliamentary debate on the government’s policy programme  on Monday. Costa is expected to become prime minister. Photograph: Antonio Cotrim/EPA

A Socialist government supported by the far left is set to take power in Portugal after defeating a short-lived minority centre-right administratio(...)

Socialist Party general secretary António Costa (right) shakes hands with Portuguese prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho in parliament after the government’s programme was rejected. Photograph: Antonion Cotrim/EPA

Left-wing parties have ousted Portugal’s ruling centre-right, in the first such move against an elected government since the end of dictatorship in 19(...)

The general election result was a clear victory for prime minister and Social Democratic party leader Pedro Passos Coelho but the coalition no longer controls parliament. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

“A right-wing government in a left-wing parliament,” was the headline in Jornal de Notícias newspaper following Sunday’s Portuguese general election. (...)

The former Portuguese prime minister Jose Sócrates inside a police car leaving the Central Criminal Court in Lisbon, Portugal, yesterday. Photograph: Andre Kosters/EPA.

A Portuguese judge has charged former prime minister José Sócrates with corruption and tax fraud and ordered that he remain in preventive custody.Sócr(...)

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