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Truckers' fuel protests ease in Portugal and Spain


An agreement to end the transport strike that was beginning to have severe effects nationwide has been announced in Portugal. The main unions have reached a deal with the government; just in time for hard-hit Lisbon International Airport, which was using up its last fuel yesterday. Filling stations will again get deliveries and supermarkets can restock. Transporters will still have to grapple with record diesel prices, but a range of measures will attempt to take the sting out of their higher costs.

On the Spanish border with France the police, some in full riot gear, were called in to end blockades and the roads should be clear this morning according to the Interior Ministry. No deal has been reached with the striking minority unions, but most transporters have backed government measures to help the haulage sector.

That combined with Madrid’s determination to enforce the free circulation of goods and traffic means Spanish filling stations, markets, and factories that had been closed or had nearly exhausted their inventories should start to reopen.

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