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salgadoscrowdsDevelopment projects in the Algarve, that are under construction or being started and which have been subject to an environmental impact assessment, are being audited.

This process is designed to verify that developers have been following the environmental rules.

albuquerque1In 2013, in the midst of the financial crisis, alarm bells sounded when it was discovered that some public companies - such as Carris, Metro de Lisboa, Refer and Metro do Porto - had contracted ‘swaps’ with Santander Totta.

This complex financial instrument, a form of bizarre gamble to cater for possible interest rate rises, backfired badly when interest rates fell to historic lows, costing the companies millions in additional interest payments at upto 200%.

LagoasBrancasSmall“Portugal is living on water that it does not have," according to the Association for Nature Portugal (ANP).

"Citizens, companies, farmers and the State must commit to the sustainable use of water in a country that is affected by water shortages and where this is expected to worsen in the near future," said the association.

handcuffA suspected paedophile, wanted by the authorities in Germany, has been stopped at Lisbon airport and detained.

The man arrived in Portugal on a flight from Dakar, Senegal, but SEF border control staff picked up the fact that there was an International Arrest Warrant in his name and detained him, pending deportation.

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