France's Emmanuel Macron makes his first visit as president to Spain and Portugal, starting Thursday, in his push to overhaul the EU, with the two southern allies seeking French help to connect their energy grids to Europe.
The eurozone will never reach its full potential and may face a new crisis in the future without a fiscal capacity, Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa told the European Parliament on Wednesday (14 March).
The World Economic Forum missed European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday (24 January), but presidents, prime ministers, and ministers from all EU countries were there to send the message that Europe is back.
Eleven EU countries have already met their 2020 renewable energy goals ahead of schedule while the bloc as a whole has reached 17%, just shy of the overall target with two years to go, according to new data from Eurostat.
Tropical storm Ophelia killed at least 36 people in wildfires raging through Portugal and another three in Spain on Sunday and Monday (15 and 16 October). Three people died in Ireland as the storm battered the island’s southern coast, knocking down trees and power lines and whipping up 10-metre waves.
President of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem said today (7 April) he does not intend to resign before his mandate ends in January. He insisted that none of his EU counterparts had called for his resignation.
While the European left is largely struggling where it holds power, Portugal's government alliance stands out as a remarkable exception. It is raising wages and gaining popularity as well as delivering the lowest budget deficit in living memory.
Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Wednesday (22 March) expressed "regret" over his comments that southern European countries blew their money on "drinks and women" but rejected calls to resign, despite a growing chorus of indignation.
Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager skipped the European Commission's "no comment on comments" policy to criticise Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem's remarks about southern member states.
French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, accompanied by Finance Minister Michel Sapin and Secretary of State for European Affairs Harlem Desir, will visit Greece today (3 March), aiming to offer political backing for the crucial bailout talks of the indebted country.
The European Commission said today (17 January) that Spain's budget for this year is "broadly" in line with EU targets and Portugal claimed that it met its 2016 goals. However, there were less positive signs from Italy and Lithuania.
Portugal on Sunday (8 January) prepared to pay its final respects to Mário Soares, widely seen as the father of the country's modern-day democracy, after the former president died in hospital, at the age of 92.
The European Parliament grand coalition between the right-wing European People’s Party (EPP) and the Socialist and Democrats (S&D group) is over and cannot be re-established, said its chief, Gianni Pittella, today (13 December) during a news conference in Strasbourg.
Portugal's budget negotiations between the minority Socialist government and its left-wing backers in parliament are heading towards a deal that would involve providing more income to pensioners, the leader of the Left Bloc said on Tuesday (13 September).
Portugal's Socialist-led lawmakers on Tuesday (22 February) approved a 2016 budget that pledges to reverse unpopular austerity measures but is seen as high-risk by critics and investors, with Lisbon under EU pressure to stay on a disciplined path.
Portugal's president named Socialist leader Antonio Costa as prime minister on Tuesday, ending weeks of political stalemate and paving the way for the first, if potentially unstable, Socialist government reliant on the far left for its survival.
Given the predicted poll results ahead of December's Spanish elections, and the crisis in Catalonia, it would be over-simplistic, and probably wrong, to compare political developments in Spain and Portugal, writes Elisa Lledó.