Victoria Waldersee

With little state aid, zombie shops in Portugal fear short-lived reopening

25 May 2020

LISBON Leaning over the golden-plated counter of the "Fantastic World of Sardines" in Portugal's capital, cashier Andre Moureira waited for just a single customer to break the boredom of the morning.

Portuguese soak up the sun on first state-sanctioned beach weekend

23 May 2020

LISBON Surfboards, beach buckets and picnic baskets in tow, Portuguese flocked to the ocean in droves on Saturday for their first state-sanctioned beach weekend of the year.

Custard tarts and classes: Portuguese enjoy some normality again

19 May 2020

LISBON Masked waiters served a trickle of customers sitting safely apart at newly-opened cafes while some pupils returned to school at staggered times during Portugal's start of a second phase of exit from coronavirus lockdown. | Video

Coffees and creches: Portuguese enjoy some normality again

18 May 2020

LISBON, May 18 Cafes served morning coffee, creches reopened and masked pupils went back to school for the first time in months as Portugal entered a second phase of its lockdown exit on Monday.

UPDATE 2-Portuguese economy tanks in first quarter amid pandemic, tourism plummets

15 May 2020

LISBON, May 15 Portugal's tourism-dependent economy reversed its growth path to shrink a steep 3.9% in the first quarter from the preceding three months as the effects of the coronavirus epidemic started taking their toll, mainly in March, data showed on Friday.

Portugal's Airbnb owners resist push to low-rent housing

13 May 2020

LISBON As reservation calendars at Portugal's 90,000 holiday homes were wiped clean amid the coronavirus outbreak, councils in its biggest cities swooped in with offers to rent up to 2,000 properties to sublet as low-cost housing.

Portugal extends contracts, housing tensions intensify during pandemic

08 May 2020

LISBON In a move aimed at ensuring people had a roof over their heads for the duration of the coronavirus outbreak, Portugal's government on Thursday extended a measure stating contracts could not expire or be cancelled to the end of September.

Seasonal and undocumented workers in Portugal fall through safety net

05 May 2020

LISBONFatima, 57, was midway through a course for the long-term unemployed at her local job centre in Lisbon, earning about 10 euros a day selling jewellery and knick-knacks at street stalls and community centres to make ends meet.

'Freed from prison': Portuguese enjoy easing lockdown

04 May 2020

LISBON Portugal downgraded its state of emergency to a category of "calamity" on Sunday, as spring sunshine drew people outdoors and the rate of new coronavirus cases reached its lowest since the beginning of the outbreak.

Portugal relaxes coronavirus lockdown with 'sector-by-sector' plan

01 May 2020

LISBON Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Thursday announced a sector-by-sector plan to gradually lift lockdown measures imposed six weeks ago to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

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