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Portugal approves extension of COVID-19 emergency as Christmas approaches
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal’s parliament on Friday approved a 15-day extension of a state of emergency to Dec. 23 under a decree that envisages a further extension into January, as the government prepared measures to limit COVID-19 contagion during the holiday season. The nationwide state of emergency to tackle the second wave of the virus initially came into force on Nov. 9 and will now likely stay in place at least until Jan. 7. The current state of emergency includes a night-time curfew and a half-day lockdown on weekend days across most of the country. Prime Minister Antonio Costa told Observador radio that Christmas “would not be the same” but the government planned to ease some rules. Observador said travel between regions would not be prohibited on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.
Persons: Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Antonio Costa, Observador, Costa Locations: LISBON, COVID, Spain, Italy, Portugal
Portugal says "unacceptable" to block EU recovery funds
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reacts during a meeting with his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva in Lisbon, Portugal September 15, 2020. REUTERS/Rafael MarchanteMILAN (Reuters) - Portugal joined European Union countries condemning Poland and Hungary on Friday for holding up the bloc’s coronavirus crisis recovery package in a dispute over linking disbursal of the funds with rule of law provisions. “It is unacceptable that two member states can block a decision that is very very important and decisive for all the European Union and for the recovery of Europe, and on such an argument,” Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva told an online conference in Rome. “The rule of law is one of the basic values and principles of the European Union.”Hungary and Poland have for weeks blocked the release of funds worth a total 1.85 trillion euros ($2.25 trillion) from the EU’s seven-year budget and a post-COVID development fund. They object to the bloc’s attempt to make the funds conditional on respect for the rule of law and democratic norms.
Persons: Jean, Yves Le Drian, Augusto Santos Silva, Rafael Marchante MILAN, Organizations: French, Portuguese, REUTERS, European Union, Locations: Lisbon, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, disbursal, Europe, Portuguese, Rome, ” Hungary
Swiss expand coronavirus risk quarantine list, add United States
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.72   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: A poster placed in front of check-in counters reminds passengers to wear protective masks, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, at the airport in Zurich, Switzerland July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd WiegmannZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland has expanded its list of countries here with a high risk of coronavirus infection from which new arrivals must quarantine themselves for 10 days, the Federal Office for Health said on Friday. The United States has been added to list, which also now includes more areas of neighbouring Italy and Austria, as well as Hungary, Poland and Portugal. It takes effect from Dec. 14.
Organizations: REUTERS, Wiegmann, Federal Office, Health, United Locations: Zurich, Switzerland, Wiegmann ZURICH, United States, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Portugal
9 4,081 deaths Nov. 28 4,082 deaths Covid-19 daily deaths Spring wave of Covid-19 Fall wave Source: New York Times database. A devastating second wave has forced reluctant governments back into lockdowns or restrictions and inflicted new scars on European economies. We now know that the second wave in Europe has become deadlier than the first. Today, Poland faces a severe second wave that is straining its hospitals to the breaking point. Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway have kept the second wave at bay.
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Businesses can also share links with customers through its platform to receive payments, Revolut said. Revolut, founded in London five years ago, is mostly known for its money management app and payment card. But the company has been pushing deeper into business banking over the last few years. Revolut Business, like the firm's consumer-oriented service, has seen fast growth thanks to its slick app and cheaper foreign exchange rates. Revolut Business has racked up over 500,000 clients since its launch in 2017.
Persons: Nikolay Storonsky, Revolut Organizations: LONDON, Digital, Revolut Locations: Lisbon, Portugal, Europe, London
Factbox-The Biden Cabinet: President-elect begins to build a team
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +11 min
2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in Obama’s administration. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVANBiden’s national security adviser when he served as vice president to Obama, Sullivan also served as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Haines held several posts at Columbia University after leaving the Obama administration in 2017. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as “climate czar” in the Biden Administration. CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAINA longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the Ebola pandemic, Klain was picked for the chief of staff role that sets the president’s agenda.
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And human rights advocates like Silva say that more than 114,000 Spaniards have disappeared since the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. And human rights organizations are calling on the government to officially recognize the disappeared as victims and create a record of truth. “The Spanish government has a debt, and we are the ones who are really maintaining a relationship with the families of the victims,” Silva said. It wants human rights organizations to act as go-betweens. The Argentine judge used the legal principle of universal jurisdiction, which allows a country to investigate and prosecute human rights crimes that happened in other countries.
Persons: Emilio Silva, Francisco Franco, , Silva, , ” Silva, — Emilio Silva Faba —, Emilio Núñez —, Silva’s, Silva Faba, Franco, , Augusto Pinochet, Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar, ” Carracedo, Bahar, ” Bahar, Luis Suárez, ” Purificación López, López, Álvaro López Ruíz Organizations: Association for, NBC News, New York, Court, Argentine, U.S, Amnesty, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Spanish, Chile, Argentina, Guatemala, El Salvador, Spain, America, Bridgeport , Connecticut, New York, Chilean, Argentine, United States, Portugal, Valdecaballeros, Badajoz
Portugal aims to vaccinate nearly 10% of population during 1st phase
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: People hold a conversation near Comercio square during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in downtown Lisbon, Portugal November 7, 2020. REUTERS/Rafael MarchanteLISBON (Reuters) - Portugal aims to inoculate nearly 10% of its population against the coronavirus during the first phase of its vaccination plan, which would give priority to older people with pre-existing conditions, health workers and others. Francisco Ramos, the coordinator of the vaccination taskforce set up by the government, said on Thursday the campaign would kick off in January and the shots would be administered for free at health centres across the country.
Persons: Rafael Marchante LISBON, Francisco Ramos Organizations: REUTERS Locations: Comercio, Lisbon, Portugal
Voluntary and free: Portugal approves COVID-19 vaccination plan
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Catarina Demony | Victoria Waldersee | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: People hold a conversation near Comercio square during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in downtown Lisbon, Portugal November 7, 2020. The first phase should be completed between January and February, Francisco Ramos, the coordinator of the government’s vaccination task force, said. Shots will be administered at 1,200 vaccination points in health centres across the country. Health Minister Marta Temido said the country would buy 22 million doses of COVID-19 shots for 200 million euros ($243.14 million). Portugal, with a population of about 10 million people, has reported 307,618 coronavirus cases, with 4,724 deaths.
Persons: Rafael Marchante, Francisco Ramos, , Antonio Costa, Marta Temido, Johnson Organizations: REUTERS, Health, Pfizer, BioNTech, Johnson, Sanofi, GSK Locations: LISBON, Portugal, Comercio, Lisbon, Moderna, Spain, Italy
COVID-19 vaccines will be free for all in Portugal, says health minister
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Portugal's Health Minister Marta Temido takes part in a videoconference with EU health ministers in Berlin, German July 16, 2020. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERSLISBON (Reuters) - Portugal’s Health Minister Marta Temido said on Thursday the country’s public health service will be responsible for the distribution of vaccines against the coronavirus, which will be free for all. During an event to present the vaccination strategy, Temido said the country would buy 22 million doses of COVID-19 shots for 200 million euros ($243.14 million). The head of the drugs regulator Infarmed, Rui Santos Ivo, said Portugal had signed agreements to buy the shots with potential manufacturers CureVac, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson&Johnson, Sanofi and GSK.
Persons: Marta Temido, Tobias Schwarz, Temido, Rui Santos Ivo, Johnson Organizations: Portugal's, REUTERS, Portugal’s, Pfizer, BioNTech, Johnson, Sanofi, GSK Locations: Berlin, REUTERS LISBON, Portugal, Moderna
Factbox: Not so Merry Christmas looms for coronavirus-hit Europe
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
(Reuters) - Governments across Europe are trying to navigate between avoiding spreading the coronavirus over the Christmas holiday season and allowing people to celebrate with family and friends. FILE PHOTO: Christmas illuminations are pictured at Tauentzienstrasse shopping boulevard, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Berlin, Germany, December 1, 2020. The government decided last month that ski resorts would be closed over the Christmas and New Year period. BELGIUMBelgian households will only be able to be in close contact with one extra person over Christmas, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said he was relaxing rules to allow shops to stay open for longer over Christmas and in January.
Persons: Fabrizio Bensch, Erna Solberg, Alexander De Croo, Micheal Martin, Angela Merkel, Robert Jenrick Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Austrian, BRITAIN, Housing Locations: Europe, Berlin, Germany, SPAIN, ITALY, NORWAY, AUSTRIA, FRANCE, France, BELGIUM Belgian, IRELAND, GERMANY, POLAND, United Kingdom, Hungary, Portugal, Netherlands
For a graphic on Interest expenditure set to decline across euro zone:“De facto, (the ECB) is monetizing this. Both countries also still pay “positive” real yields -- returns after adjusting for inflation -- rare among developed economies. The other option is to just buy longer-dated Spanish and Portuguese debt, Lamy said. Portuguese 10-year bonds offer around 60 bps pick-up over Germany while holders of 30-year debt earn 90 bps.. Meanwhile, premia paid by Spanish and Portuguese 10-year bonds over German yields are near the lowest in over a decade.
Persons: Benoit Tessier, Frank Gill, Gill, ” Gill, , Arnaud, Guilhem Lamy, Lamy, that’s, ” Simon Bell, Althea Spinozzi, premia, Yvan Mamalet Organizations: European Central Bank, REUTERS, Germany’s DZ Bank, ECB, P, Management, ECB backstop, Legal, General Investment Management, Saxo Bank, Spanish, Societe Generale Locations: AMSTERDAM, Spain, Portugal, Spanish, Germany, France, Italy, Portuguese
Apple faces lawsuits in Europe over slowing down older iPhones
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Hanna Ziady | Cnn Business | ) edition.cnn.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
London (CNN Business) Apple is facing new legal action in Europe over its controversial practice of slowing down older iPhones. Euroconsumers, the advocacy group bringing the action, said in a statement Wednesday that the class-action lawsuits cover up to 2 million iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus devices in Belgium, Spain, Italy and Portugal. Apple has faced public backlash and legal action around the world after it admitted in 2017 that software updates designed to prevent the batteries in older iPhones from crashing also slowed the devices down. The Euroconsumers cases mirror a class action lawsuit against Apple in the United States that led to a proposed settlement of $500 million in March. Last month, Apple paid $113 million to settle an investigation into the matter by 34 American states, including California and Arizona.
Persons: Apple, We're, Els Bruggeman Organizations: London, CNN, Apple, CNN Business, Read Locations: Europe, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Portugal, United States, California, Arizona, Euroconsumers
Ericsson raised its year-end projection for global 5G subscriptions to 220 million. Ericsson raised its year-end projection for global 5G subscriptions to 220 million. Insider IntelligenceEricsson estimates that by the end of 2020 there will be 220 million global 5G subscriptions—an increase from the 190 million projection Ericsson made in June 2020 and the 160 million estimate Ericsson made last November. This means China will account for nearly 80% of the total global 5G subscriptions in 2020. According to Ericsson, global 5G adoption will be "significantly faster" than that of 4G largely because of China's rapid uptake.
Organizations: Ericsson, Intelligence, Tech, Intelligence Ericsson, 5G, VR Locations: China, Europe, France, Austria, Spain, Portugal
Apple is facing a slate of new lawsuits in Europe that are seeking $217 million over the company's past practice of intentionally slowing down old iPhones. Apple's so-called "batterygate" scandal began in 2017 when Apple admitted it was slowing down customers' devices when they downloaded new versions of its software. In November, Apple agreed to pay $113 million to settle an investigation in the US over the same matter and paid $500 million in a class-action lawsuit in March. Apple is facing more lawsuits in the EU over its former practice of intentionally slowing down old iPhones, dubbed "batterygate." The lawsuits are seeing $217 million, according to Bloomberg, and are being filed in Belgium, Spain, Portugal, and Italy.
Persons: Apple, Mark Brnovich Organizations: Apple, Business, EU, CNN, Bloomberg, Big Tech Locations: Europe, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Arizona, iPhones
OSCE states set to end impasse over vacant senior positions, U.S. says
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Member states failed this year to agree to renew the three-year terms of staff in four key roles, including the OSCE’s top full-time position of secretary general. That impasse has left those posts vacant since July. Like other Vienna-based international organisations, the OSCE prefers to reach decisions by consensus, or unanimity. That means in-fighting among its European, Central Asian and North American member states can easily leave it deadlocked. The candidate for secretary general is Helga Schmid, a German diplomat who currently has the same title at the European Union’s foreign policy office.
Persons: OSCE James Gilmore, , Helga Schmid, Gilmore, , that’s, ” Gilmore Organizations: Organization, Security, Cooperation, OSCE, Central Locations: VIENNA, Europe, Russia, United States, U.S, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno, Karabakh, Vienna, Central Asian, German, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Italy,
'We need support' - Portuguese restaurant owners stage lockdown hunger strike
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
LISBON (Reuters) - Nine restaurant, bar and nightclub owners began a fifth day of hunger strike on Tuesday outside Portugal’s parliament in protest against coronavirus restrictions. Slideshow ( 5 images )“We need support ... to keep our heads above water,” said Alberto Cabral, who runs a nightclub. One more business owner joined their strike on Sunday. “It’s just insolvencies, insolvencies,” restaurant owner Joao Sotto Mayor said. In compensation for weekend lockdowns, the government offered restaurants 20% of their average revenue between January and October of this year.
Persons: , Alberto Cabral, restaurateurs, “ It’s, Joao Sotto Mayor, Jose Gouveia, ” Gouveia Organizations: ., Owners Locations: LISBON, Portugal’s, Portugal
Canadian pot producers may scale back in Europe: industry report
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Shariq Khan | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )(Reuters) - Canadian cannabis producers are likely to scale back their investments in Europe as they come under pressure to cut costs and deliver profit, according to a joint report by two industry consultants on Tuesday. They, however, projected the current market at just a tenth of that value and said some Canadian companies may choose to follow two of the sector’s big players - Aurora Cannabis Inc and Canopy Growth Corp - in trimming spending outside North America. “Though they remain a tremendous force in Europe, forward momentum among (Canadian) liquidity providers will slow in the future, especially in newer or smaller markets,” the consultants said, adding this would give more room for European players. Cannabis investment in North America has surged in the past three years as Canada became the first major country to legalize the drug for recreational use, giving its firms a head start at a time when Europe and U.S. Federal rules remain more restrictive. Aurora already has a distribution network in Germany, while Aphria Inc and Tilray have established major production hubs in Denmark and Portugal, and may not need additional investment, the report said.
Persons: Aurora, Don Perrott, , ” Perrott Organizations: Brightfield Group, London, Hanway Associates, Aurora Cannabis Inc, Growth, Federal, Aphria, UK & Ireland Locations: Europe, Chicago, North America, Canada, U.S, Germany, Denmark, Portugal,
FILE PHOTO: A street artist performs with soap bubbles at Rossio square during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in downtown Lisbon, Portugal October 31, 2020. The fall has been steepest following deep recessions such as the current one triggered by COVID-19. “Women in Italy have children when they feel secure from a work, economic and health point of view. In Germany, Europe’s largest economy, the fertility rate before the pandemic was around the EU average of 1.5 births per woman. In both areas, southern Europe lags the north, he said, adding that “inequalities have become more evident due to the pandemic”.
Persons: , Rafael Marchante, Vanessa Cunha, ” Irene Pontarelli, Tony, Maria Vicario, Eva Nordlund, Rui Pires, Alessandro Rosina, Gian Carlo Blangiardo, Alejandro Macarron Organizations: REUTERS, University of Lisbon’s ICS, Italy’s, , Swedish Association, Milan’s Cattolica University, Lisbon University Institute, Cattolica University, Madrid’s CEU University Locations: LISBON, ROME, Lisbon, Portugal, Europe, Italy, Greece, Italian, Ferrara, Isernia, Lazio, Rome, checkups, Sweden, Germany, Europe’s, France, Denmark, Spain, Britain, Cattolica, , Malta
Portugal's main telcos sign up for 5G auction amid legal dispute
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Sergio Goncalves | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal´s three biggest telecoms companies said they had submitted applications to take part in the country’s 5G licence auction amid a legal dispute with the Portuguese telecoms regulator over the rules. FILE PHOTO: A branded sign is displayed on a Vodafone store in London, Britain May 16, 2017. REUTERS/Neil HallNOS, Vodafone and Altice - which together serve nearly 100% of Portugal’s mobile customers - all said they filed their applications for the auction on November 27. Altice, Vodafone and NOS will have to share their infrastructure and offer national roaming to the new entrants’ customers. A NOS spokesman said the company expected the auction rules to be changed.
Persons: Neil Hall, ANACOM, Organizations: Vodafone, REUTERS, Neil Hall NOS, NOS, European Commission Locations: LISBON, Portugal, London, Britain, Lisbon, Vodafone Portugal
LISBON (Reuters) - Retailers worldwide have never had more reason to pack warehouses to the brim and keep stock closer to shoppers who continue to buy a record number of items online. General view of Europa Worldwide Group's warehouse in Corby, Britain in this November 2020 handout obtained by Reuters November 28, 2020. The rise in e-commerce throughout the year as a consequence of the pandemic had already pushed warehouse space to the limit. Shoe producer Vivo Barefoot said it was shipping as many shoes as possible from its Portugal manufacturing site to its UK warehouse ahead of December. Even after the pandemic, demand for warehouse space is expected to remain high as customers now used to ordering online continue to do so.
Persons: handout, Hugo Boss, Armour, Al Gerrie, it’s, David Schroeder, , Nick Cook, Vivo Barefoot, Primark, Robert Dobrzycki, Andrew Jones, , Tim Crighton, haven’t, ” Al, ” Paul Weston Organizations: Europa, Reuters, Europa Worldwide, REUTERS, Brands, Zalando, Amazon, DHL, Logistics, , EU, Savills, Parker Lane Group Locations: LISBON, Corby, Britain, Europe, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Portugal, Wakefield, Barcelona, Warsaw
Germany Won’t Take Portugal’s EU Split
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Walter Russell Mead | ) www.wsj.com + 0.97   time to read: 1 min
As European diplomats haggled over the threatened Polish and Hungarian vetoes that could block the Covid bailout plan so laboriously negotiated earlier in the year, Portugal’s Socialist Prime Minister António Costa took the occasion to propose a plan to shrink and simplify the European Union. To make Europe work, he says, the countries that genuinely care about European values need to slough off the unbelievers. The remnant would be a smaller but purer group of countries ready to build the kind of “ever deeper union” of which...
Persons: haggled, laboriously, António Costa Organizations: Portugal’s Socialist, European Union Locations: European
**Embargoed until 12.01 am (Dublin/Lisbon/London time, GMT) November 30th 2020**LONDON — Six Portuguese children and young adults cleared a major legal hurdle on Monday in a climate litigation case they brought against 33 European countries, claiming government climate inaction jeopardized their futures. The European Court of Human Rights on Monday said it would greenlight their climate lawsuit against countries including Germany, France, the U.K. and Greece. André's big sister, Sofia Oliveira, 15, is a fellow applicant in the European lawsuit and cited teen climate activist Greta Thunberg along with British television naturalist David Attenborough as her major inspirations. "The climate movement as a grassroots movement reinforces the climate litigation," he told NBC News ahead of the decision. Johanna Geron / ReutersThe European court's decision to proceed comes weeks ahead of a European Union decision on its 2030 emissions target.
Persons: Sergio Azenha, André Oliveira, André, Sofia Oliveira, Greta Thunberg, David Attenborough, Sofia, Gerry Liston, Donald Trump, Armando Franca, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Johanna Geron, Liston Organizations: of Human, Firefighters, NBC, Global, United Nations, European, Thomson Reuters Foundation Locations: Dublin, Lisbon, London, Germany, France, Greece, Roqueiro, Oleiros, Portugal, Portugal's, Strasbourg, GLAN, crowdfunding, Portugal's Leiria, United States, West, Paris, Netherlands, U.S, Brussels
He was named Biden’s national security adviser on Monday. Haines held several posts at Columbia University after leaving the Obama administration in 2017. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as “climate czar” in the Biden Administration, the president-elect’s campaign announced on Monday. Cohen served as the chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Obama administration. CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAINA longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the Ebola pandemic, Klain was picked for the chief of staff role that sets the president’s agenda.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts Biden, Janet Yellen, ANTHONY BLINKEN, Biden, Barack Obama’s, Blinken, JAKE SULLIVAN, Barack Obama, Sullivan, Hillary Clinton, ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS, Mayorkas, DACA, AVRIL HAINES, Obama, Haines, LINDA THOMAS, GREENFIELD, Greenfield, KERRY, State Kerry, , Kerry, JANET YELLEN, Donald Trump, Michele Flournoy, Bill Clinton, Biden’s, Tammy Duckworth, Duckworth, Sally Yates, Yates, Doug Jones, Jones, Tommy Tuberville, Elizabeth Sherwood, Randall, Arun Majumdar, Jay Inslee, Inslee, Heather McTeer Toney, Toney, Mary Nichols, Michael Morell, Morell, Tom Donilon, Vivek Murthy, Murphy, Mandy Cohen, Cohen, David Kessler, Kessler, RON KLAIN, Klain Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democratic, White House, REUTERS, Federal, OF STATE, State Department, Immigration Services, Obama, Mayorkas, CIA, Columbia University, UNITED, GREENFIELD Biden’s, United Nations, Thomas, KERRY Former U.S, State, Biden Administration, TREASURY, Brookings Institution, Republican, Defense Department, U.S, Army, Senate, U.S . Senate, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S . Department of, Google, Stanford University’s, Clean, Force, California’s Air Resources Board, Beacon Global, North, North Carolina’s Health, Human Services Department, Centers, Medicare, Services, Food and Drug Administration, FDA, OF Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, States, Cuba, United States, Black, Africa, Saharan Africa, Paris, Illinois, Iraq, Thai, Alabama, Washington, Kenya, France, Portugal, Nigeria, Senegal, Asia, North Carolina’s
Portugal won't renege on Novo Banco commitments: finance minister
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal’s finance minister said on Friday the state would comply with all its commitments related to Novo Banco after opposition parties blocked a 476 million euro ($567.53 million) capital injection for the lender next year. FILE PHOTO: A man walks near ATM machines of a Novo Banco branch in downtown Lisbon, Portugal April 10, 2018. “Portugal will meet, as it has always done, its commitments assumed regarding Novo Banco,” Leao said in a short statement sent to Reuters without providing further details. Opposition parties fear Novo Banco could be benefiting Lone Star by selling it discounted non-performing assets, which inflated Novo Banco’s losses. The bank and Lone Star have denied this.
Persons: Rafael Marchante, Rui Rio, Joao Leao, ” Leao, Antonio Costa, Christine Lagarde Organizations: Novo Banco, REUTERS, Banco, Banco Espirito Santo, U.S, Lone Star, Portuguese, Social Democrats, Social, Finance, Reuters, European Central Bank Locations: LISBON, Novo, Lisbon, Portugal, Brussels, “ Portugal
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