Pedro Passos Coelho, Portugal's prime minister, said Sunday that the government would have to make more big cuts in spending on health, education and social security to keep the country's €78bn bailout programme on track after the constitutional court rejected austerity measures considered essential to meet mandatory deficit targets.
Two recent judgments in Italy and Greece have found detainees innocent of the charges that were brought against them by the local authorities following escape from one migration detention centre and rioting in another. Courts ruled that the actions of detained migrants in opposing their detention conditions were legitimate.
Government plans on licensing electronic cigarettes have been delayed even further amid fears for the future of the embryonic industry in Britain. Worryingly the European Union is also proposing a regulation requiring devices containing more than 4mg of nicotine to be regulated as a medicinal product.
The Government announced recently changes to the state pension due to take effect in 2017 which aims to be far simpler by doing away with complex means testing and earnings related top up payments. This has left many people who have paid into the pension systems concerned that they will lose benefits.