Las lluvias ponen fin a las peores 48 horas de incendios en Portugal | Internacional Home Tags

Paraje calcinado cerca de Marinha Grande, Portugal.

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At least 30 killed as Ophelia winds fan wildfires in Portugal and Spain | World news

At least 32 people including a one-month-old baby have been killed in northern Portugal and Spain, where hundreds of wildfires have forced residents to flee from towns and villages.

Portugal’s national civil protection authority said the infant had been missing after a wildfire near Tabua, 120 miles (200km) north of Lisbon. Seven people were missing and 56 people were injured – 16 of them seriously, the agency said.

The death toll in Portugal, where a huge fire killed 64 people in June, is likely to rise. The government declared a state of emergency for regions north of the Tajo river after Sunday was described as “the worst day of the year in terms of forest fires” by the civil protection spokeswoman Patricia Gaspar.

More than 6,000 firefighters were battling more than 500 wildfires on Sunday – the highest number of fires in a single day for more than 10 years. Portugal has asked for help from its European partners and Morocco.

Jorge Gomes, Portugal’s secretary of state of internal administration, said most of the fires, which have destroyed houses, factories and other infrastructure, had been set deliberately.

The bodies of two of the three victims in Spain, both women, were found by firemen inside a burnt-out car on a road in the north-western region of Galicia. The third, a man in his 70s, died as he tried to save his farm animals, media reported.

Men gather cattle during a forest fire in Vieira de Leiria, Marinha Grande, Portugal.

Men gather cattle during a forest fire in Vieira de Leiria, Marinha Grande, Portugal. Photograph: Ricardo Graca/EPA

The fires were fanned by strong winds as remnants of Hurricane Ophelia brushed the Iberian coast. They spread quickly over the weekend across a landscape left tinder dry by a hot summer.

Some blazes in Galicia remained out of control on Monday, authorities said. Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the head of the regional government, said 15 of the fires posed a risk to towns and that 90% of forest fires each year in Galicia were started intentionally.

He told reporters: “All of Galicia is weeping this morning for our razed hills, but especially for the loss of human lives.”

Spain’s interior minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido, said some of those responsible had already been identified. They could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted, police said.

The country’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, who is from Galicia, said he was returning to the region to see the emergency co-ordination effort for himself. “I’m heading to Galicia,” he tweeted on Monday morning. “Solidarity from all of Spain and prompt coordination to combat the fire and assist people.”

Schools were closed on Monday, while at least 20 planes joined 350 firefighting units in tackling the fires. Light rainfall early in the day was expected to help extinguish the flames.

Last week, an independent investigation into Portugal’s June wildfires found that authorities failed to evacuate villages in time. The fires destroyed about 29,000 hectares (72,000 acres) of land.

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Portugal declara el Estado de Catstrofe por los incendios en los que han muerto al menos 35 personas | Internacional Home Tags

Los bomberos luchan contra las llamas en Vieira de Leiria en Marinha Grande (Portugal).

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Triunfo de la izquierda portuguesa | Internacional Home Tags

El primer ministro, Antnio Costa, deposita su voto durante las municipales de Portugal.

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Champions League: Jorge Jesus: “Es ms difcil marcar a Messi que a Cristiano Ronaldo”

Jorge Jesus, durante el entrenamiento del Sporting.

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100% renovable, ms barata y sin petrleo ni carbn… as ser la energa en Espaa en 2050 | Economa

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Weakest eurozone economies on long road to recovery | Business

Jean-Claude Juncker’s hailing of Europe’s economic recovery came in terms that would have been unimaginable at the height of the eurozone debt crisis in 2010. Back then, the focus of concern was on a handful of countries that ultimately required bailouts – Greece, Portugal and Ireland – or hovered on the edge of needing rescue, in the case of Spain and Italy. Here is the current state of play with those countries’ economies.


As it leaves behind the painful memory of its €78bn bailout in 2011, Portugal is on the brink of the fastest economic expansion for two decades. For the centre-left government of prime minister António Costa, economic success came after relinquishing the austerity straitjacket imposed by the EU and International Monetary Fund between 2011 and 2014. Public sector wages and pensions have been restored to pre-crisis levels but the government is likely to face future conflict with the EU, as Brussels seeks action to reduce Portugal’s debts.


Despite the storm clouds of Brexit on the horizon, the Bank of Ireland continues to forecast growth for the Irish economy, albeit at a lower rate. Under the bonnet, however, not everyone is convinced by this growth story. The centre-right former prime minister Enda Kenny was voted out of office this year because not enough voters sensed a recovery. A growth spurt of 26% in 2015 was branded “leprechaun economics”: large multinationals seeking to protect their profits moved intellectual property into Ireland, with no change in the real economy. Ireland’s exchequer remains highly dependent on a few large companies, leaving the economy in a vulnerable position.


Take a snapshot of Greece and it might appear the economy is on the mend: factories are expanding production, people are finding jobs. But a closer look reveals the country is scarred by the economic crisis that saw its economy contract by 25%. More than a fifth of working-age adults and 45% of young people are out of work. Greece’s colossal debt burden weighs on the economy, while creditors’ demands for high budget surpluses are deemed unrealistic by many economists. Despite hopes of light at the end of the austerity tunnel, true recovery looks set to remain elusive.


Spain is one of the brightest spots in the eurozone: in July 2017 the bloc’s fourth-largest economy returned to its pre-crisis size. Unemployment is falling rapidly, although at 17% it remains high. Some economists cite Spain as a model for France, after the centre-right prime minister Mariano Rajoy introduced reforms that made it easier to fire workers (seen as a stimulus for hiring by some experts). But Spain still has the highest unemployment rate in Europe barring Greece. Inequality has risen and wage growth remains depressed.


The eurozone’s third-largest economy is benefiting from the upswing across the continent, but concerns have not disappeared. In Italy, unemployment is falling and factories are stepping up production, thanks to stronger demand. Meanwhile, the bailout of Italy’s oldest bank and the rescue of two lenders has boosted confidence. The economy, however, is still weighed down by bad debts: the total of non-performing loans amounts to €174bn (£153bn), according to Bloomberg. A bigger question is whether Italy, facing elections in 2018, can forge a political consensus to undertake long-sought reforms, such as improving productivity, reducing debts and increasing funds for universities.

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Portugal se libra del rating de ‘bono basura’ por primera vez en seis aos | Economa

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Los resultados provisionales en Angola vuelven a darle la victoria al Movimiento Popular de Liberacin | Internacional Home Tags

Joo Loureno, el candidato del MPLA, habla en Luanda el 22 de agosto de 2017.

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La imagen de Espaa | Opinion Home

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