Portugal unveils more harsh austerity in budget

Riot police guard the parliament building in Lisbon near a fire set by protesters against the austerity measures on Monday. Photo: AP

Portugal’s government is taking the bailed-out country deeper into austerity, announcing sharp tax increases next year that risk worsening a recession and stoking public discontent.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am


Walking through the lively streets of Lisbon, no one would guess the depth of the economic crisis affecting Portugal, culminating in the call for exceptional austerity measures. It was under such difficult circumstances that the ninth edition of the IndieLisboa film festival took place this year.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

The beaten track

You don't see many obese people in Lisbon. The Portuguese capital sits on seven steep hills, which keep the pastry-loving locals slim and give them the cardiovascular capacity of mountain goats.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Market sees salvation in the Algarve

The only word in Portuguese you need to know right now is deprimido.

If you are unfortunate enough to be trying to sell property, or in any way involved in the Portuguese real estate market, it is probably worth learning this word which, unsurprisingly, means depressed.

20 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

A few venerable venues of interest

Cineteatro Macau

21 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Founders of the global village

Consul-general Pedro Moitinho de Almeida says his country's early discoveries have changed the world

PORTUGAL'S Macau-based consul-general for Hong Kong and Macau, Pedro Moitinho de Almeida, does not hesitate when asked about his country's greatest gift to the world.

10 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Inspiration for all in stunning Sintra

THE 19TH CENTURY English Romantic poet Lord Byron was underwhelmed by Portugal, until he arrived in the resort town of Sintra, where he became so inspired that he penned part of his brooding Gothic travelogue, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.

10 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Chiado, Lisbon

Lisbon has had its share of disasters over the years, notably the 18th-century earthquake that flattened the Portuguese capital. A 1988 fire devastated the Chiado district, but the locals have bounced back in spectacular fashion. Chiado has emerged as the city's hippest shopping district while retaining its air of 19th-century grandeur.

3 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Show delayed

Last night's premiere by the Ballet Gulbenkian from Lisbon to launch the Macau International Music Festival was postponed when a stage set was held up in Singapore. Two shows will be staged by the troupe today.

15 Oct 1999 - 12:00am