Lead stories in the Portuguese press this Tuesday are the government’s plans to shut down several primary schools around the country, and the recent data on the execution of the state budget revealing the first positive effects of the cuts to the holiday bonuses for public servants and pensioners.
«Ministry of Education to close another 239 primary schools», writes Público, also revealing that the number of schools shut down since 2005 has risen to 3,720. The north is the worst affected region, with 126 schools to be closed; 66 schools in central Portugal; 33 in the Lisbon and Tejo Valley area; 10 schools in The Alentejo; while the Algarve will see only three schools closing down.
Correio da Manhã
«Public service to pay troika’s targets», reports Correio da Manhã, as the first effects of the cuts to public servants’ holiday bonuses are felt in the national accounts. The newspaper points out that the cuts enabled the state to comply with the defined targets until June, despite a steady decrease in tax revenues.
Diário de Notícias
«State stops paying more than half a million child support benefits», writes Diário de Notícias, after the government changed the rules to access this kind of benefit, a saving measure which allowed the state to save €293m.
Jornal de Notícias
«Justice drops political cases», reveals Jornal de Notícias, after the Public Prosecutor’s Office dropped the charges against two suspects in a corruption case involving the buyout of submarines by the Ministry of Defence, while also asking for an acquittal for the suspects in another high-profile case of corruption.
«Passos Coelho: I don’t care about the elections», reports daily i, quoting Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, who said he is not governing the country with his mind on being re-elected.
«Yields over 7% put Spain one step away from bailout», writes financial daily Diário Económico, as news about the financial difficulties affecting some of the country’s regions cause the markets to dive and are pressuring Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy into asking for a full sovereign bailout.
Jornal de Negócios
«Caixa admits selling insurance arm in parts», reports financial newspaper Jornal de Negócios, as the state-owned bank Caixa Geral de Depósitos ponders selling parts of its insurance business separately.
«Jesus will only have a left-back», writes A Bola, as Benfica’s manager Jorge Jesus is struggling with a lack of defenders in the team.
«Benfica attacks Burdisso», reports Record, about Benfica’s interest in the Argentinian player.
«Pereirinha can be great as wingback», writes O Jogo, quoting former Sporting player João Pereira who occupied the same position as his successor, Pereirinha.