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COUNTRYAAH, the government introduced rules that allow
descendants of Jews who had been expelled from the country
hundreds of years ago to claim Portuguese citizenship.
New figures in February showed some economic recovery in
Portugal in 2014, when GDP rose by almost 1%, thanks in
large part to increased domestic consumption.
That same month, public servants throughout the country
went on strike in protest of austerity policy. That was for
President Aníbal Cavaco Silva announced in July that the
parliamentary elections will be held on October 4. Opinion
polls pointed to the deadly race between the sitting
bourgeois government coalition Forward Portugal (PAF) and
the left opposition.
The abortion right was reduced, which means that the
women themselves must bear the costs and are forced to
receive psychological counseling before the intervention.
Since 2007, Portuguese women have been entitled to abortion
until week ten. Previously, they risked up to three years in
prison for abortion.
The pressure on EU countries to receive people on the run
increased in September, and Portugal, which previously
promised to accept 1,500 asylum seekers, said it was ready
to increase its quota.
Despite years of unpopular austerity policy, the sitting
coalition PAF, with Passus Coelho at the head, renewed the
confidence of the Portuguese voters in the September
elections. However, the coalition did not gain a majority in
In November, a left-wing alliance defeated the bourgeois
minority government by voting against their programs in
parliament. Passus Coelho's second government thus became
the most short lived in Portugal after the introduction of
democracy in 1974.
At the end of November, Socialist leader António Costa
was named prime minister. The message highlighted the
political uncertainty that has characterized the country
since the election. including salary reductions and extended
working hours for public employees.
The head of the country's tax office resigned after
accusations that he was trying to protect information about
influential Portuguese from being examined.
Prime Minister Pedro Passus Coelho settled his tax debts
after it was discovered that he did not pay his social
security contributions during the period 1999-2004 when he
worked as a consultant. At the same time, a name gathering
was started demanding his departure.
Researchers discovered a previously unknown salamanders
in connection with excavations in a dehydrated seabed. It is
about a two meter long best with big teeth that bring the
thoughts more to crocodiles than frogs. The animal is
estimated to have disappeared an estimated 220 million years
ago when the lake dried up.
In April, Lisbon's mayor António Costa resigned in order
to stand in the fall parliamentary elections. He was
expected to succeed Pedro Passus Coelho as leader of the
The parents of British Madeleine McCann, who disappeared
in the Algarve in 2007, were awarded compensation of the
equivalent of SEK 4.7 million for slander by the Portuguese
preliminary investigator. The parents were suspected early
in the investigation for involvement in the disappearance.
A new heat record for May, 40 degrees even, was struck in
Beja in southern Portugal. The previous May record from 2011
was 39.5 degrees.