How cuts and austerity measures are affecting the National Health Service is one of the main topics being covered by this Friday’s newspapers. Other headlines include news of a sudden increase in violent crime that is worrying authorities, and how the European Commission regrets the Portuguese state’s illegal support to BPN bank.
«I received nothing from Sócrates» says former football player Luís Figo, quoted by weekly newspaper Sol. Disappointed with his country, Luís Figo says he never received money to support the former Socialist Prime Minister José Sócrates.
«Structural reforms lost in parliament», reports daily Público, revealing that the review of the National Reform Programme, a document sent by the government to parliament, was left in the drawer by the parliament president and was never discussed by lawmakers.
Correio da Manhã
«Delays in income tax affect one million households», writes Correio da Manhã, reporting how the tax authorities are claiming that last year’s special tax on Christmas bonuses has made it more difficult to work out tax refunds, delaying payments to households.
Diário de Notícias
«There has bee a violent murder every 3 days since May», reports Diário de Notícias, revealing that three out of ten murders took place this week alone and four are cases of domestic violence. Authorities are fearing the crisis and recidivism.
Jornal de Notícias
«Clinical directors suspect of limiting access to drugs», writes Jornal de Notícias, saying that the Medical Association is investigating complaints in the field of oncology.
«European Commission regrets Portugal gave illegal state support to BPN», reports i, about the Portuguese bank bailed out by the state in 2008 due to bad management and malpractice related debt. The daily newspaper adds that this illegal help amounted to more than €7.5bn.
«French millionaire invests €10m in Douro vineyards», writes financial daily Diário Económico, in a special feature on Roger Zannier, a businessmen working in the textile sector who decided to invest in Quinta do Pessegueiro.
Jornal de Negócios
«The country seen from the outside», reports financial newspaper Jornal de Negócios, after it asked two writers and two economists from different generations and living abroad to express their views on Portugal.
«We showed great team spirit», said Portuguese player Miguel Veloso quoted by A Bola, further adding that team spirit was key to the victory against Denmark. In the same article, Miguel Veloso also comes to the defence of Cristiano Ronaldo.
«Benfica attacks Álvaro Vásquez», reports Record, on the new player the Lisbon team is targeting. Álvaro Vásquez plays for the under-21 team at RCD Espanyol.
«We only count on those who want to give support» says Nani quoted by O Jogo. In his interview the Portuguese player hopes the game against Denmark was enough to convince those who are more sceptical of the national squad.