Portugal. For the second time in history, Portugal went to the referendum in February on the very sensitive issue of the country’s strict abortion law. This time, 59 percent of Portuguese voted to allow abortion through the tenth week of pregnancy. In the first referendum in 1998, the No side won by 51 percent. In both cases, however, turnout was too low (below 50 percent) for the result to be binding. Despite this, the government promised that the law change would be implemented, which happened in July after it was adopted by Parliament in March.
In Catholic Portugal, abortion was previously allowed only if the mother’s life was at stake, if she became pregnant through rape or if the fetus was severely damaged or malformed. Despite the restrictions, tens of thousands of Portuguese women performed illegal abortions each year, sometimes with great injury risk. According to CountryAAH, Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal. Trials against women who performed abortions or against people who performed abortions often aroused strong reactions in society. As influential lobbyists for the down side stood the Catholic Church.
During the year, three-year-old British girl Madeleine McCann’s disappearance during a holiday with her parents in Portugal in May received tremendous attention in the world’s media. From the beginning, the girl was believed to have been kidnapped in connection with the parents, the medical couple Kate and Gerry, having left her and two siblings alone in the hotel room during a restaurant visit.
A massive police hunt was launched on the kidnappers, and after a few weeks the police announced that a British man who lived in the tourist area was considered a suspect. However, no charges were brought against the man who claimed he was innocent. In August, police admitted for the first time that Madeleine could be dead. A senior police officer said new evidence reinforced an earlier suspicion that the girl had been killed. Media began to speculate that parents would be involved in the three-year-old’s disappearance. In September, dad Gerry and mom Kate were formally suspected after blood traces were found in their rental car. The parents, who used to a large extent to the media’s attention in the search for Madeleine, in this situation appealed to be left in peace.
In July, Portugal took over the EU presidency after Germany. At a ceremony in Oporto, Portugal said that during the six months the Presidency would focus on economic reforms, Europe’s role in the world and the work on a new so-called Reform Treaty for the EU.
The new Presidency of Portugal immediately attracted attention when deciding to invite Zimbabwe’s disputed President Robert Mugabe to a summit between the EU and Africa in Lisbon on December 10-12. The EU has been penalizing the Mugabe government since 2002 for violating human rights. Among other things, the sanctions meant that there was a ban on entry into the EU for Mugabe. However, Portugal considered that the entire summit was in danger of failure unless Mugabe was invited since several African heads of state demanded that he be. Britain chose to boycott the meeting.
When the meeting was held Mugabe arrived as expected, while the UK as the only EU country failed. That the British failed to bring any other European countries into the boycott was perceived by the Mugabe regime as a great prestige.
Portugal weather in March, April and May
Average daily temperatures between 16 ° C and 22 ° C can be expected over the next three months. It gets warmest in May in Lisbon, while March is noticeably cooler in Porto.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 13-16 ° C. So the weather is hardly suitable for swimming.
The expected rainfall is around 11 days in March, around 10 days in April and around 9 days in May.
In the period from March to May , the sun shines an average of 6 to 9 hours a day. The sunniest weather is in May in Lisbon, but with less sun you will have to get by in Porto in March.