A Spanish court on Wednesday acquitted the three men facing trial in connection with the 2002 Prestige oil tanker disaster, which flooded the coasts of Spain, Portugal and France with 50,000 tonnes of oil.
Portugal has a plan to get its battered economy back on the straight and narrow: encouraging pensioners from across Europe to move in. Those who have worked in the private sector prior to taking retirement can buy a home in Portugal and take advantage of a rule exempting them from income tax for ten years. It's certainly an attractive option - the only catch is that new arrivals must spend at least six months a year in the sun-drenched country.
Rui Costa claimed victory in a rain-soaked road race at the cycling world championships in Italy on Sunday, edging out Spain’s Joaquin Rodriguez to become the first ever Portuguese winner of the coveted rainbow jersey.
French finance minister Pierre Moscovici has been meeting business leaders to defend government policy. This follows anger from the head of the bosses’ federation, Medef, that recent pension reforms do not go far enough. We also look at how France is looking to save money on the cost of its diplomatic presence overseas.
In the second part, our team heads for Lisbon to meet Socialist MEP Ana Gomes. She looks at the impact of the privatisation of state companies and discusses the ongoing brain drain. This aspect is illustrated by a lively report about two young Portuguese who’ve decided to try their luck abroad: one in Switzerland, the other in oil-rich Angola. And we finish the programme with traditional fado music!
France 24’s Europe team travels to Porto to gauge the impact of two years of austerity policies in Portugal. They find a nation tired of spending cuts and soaring unemployment, as shown in a 5-minute report on the country’s ‘austerity generation’. Portuguese MEP Paulo Rangel from the EPP explains why his country must seek to renegotiate the terms of the bailout programme.
The Portuguese government faced its most pressing challenges to date on Wednesday as two more ministers threatened to jump ship after the country’s finance and foreign ministers tendered resignations this week.