In the proposed State Budget for 2019, the Portuguese Government estimates a deficit of 0.2% of GDP, with the ambition of setting it at 0 % of GDP by 2020. Portugal is often praised as the good pupil of the eurozone in contrast to Italy, which plans to up spending, going against eurozone rules.
A rape allegation against footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has prompted big sponsors like Nike and EA to express concern, and have him left off the Portuguese national team roster. Kathryn Mayorga alleges he raped her in a hotel room in 2009 and Las Vegas police have reopened a criminal investigation.
Traditional Madeira Embroidery dates back hundreds of years and is one of Europe's finest luxury products. It is entirely produced by hand, with the artisan skills and techniques of the meticulous craft passed down over the centuries from one generation to the next.