German Chancellor Merkel was met by protests in Portugal, where she met with Prime Minister Coelho. Merkel was met with mockery, as she painted a positive picture of the country's future.
Europe's embattled car market has seen its sales figures dwindle in recent years, as the Continent recovered from the global financial crisis. But new figures suggest the worst may be over.
The European Central Bank is trying to reinvigorate the eurozone economy with low interest rates and billions of euros in fresh credit. For some, its efforts are insufficient. For others they go too far.
Angela Merkel has presided over a time of great influence and economic success. Germany has assumed a more prominent role in the world - and its unassuming chancellor has become a political heavyweight.
Portugal intends to leave the European bailout scheme in May without any transitional help and precautionary credit line. The country is currently able to stand on its own feet. But how long will the recovery last?
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