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10 The Portugal News • 21 Jul 2018                                 News


       Former Left Bloc leader dies                                                                     with Dignity’ on medically  proposals that it claimed
                                                                                                          A book entitled ‘Dying
                                                                                                                                were necessary to “defend
                                                                                                                                democracy”.
                                                                                                        assisted suicide, edited by
                                                                                                        Semedo, was in May        Portugal’s minister of
       The speaker of Portugal’s parliament, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, on Tuesday                        presented at the parliament  health, Adalberto Campos
       added his voice to those of other politicians recalling the life and work of                     building, in a ceremony that  Fernandes, on Tuesday also
                                                                                                                                held Semedo up as an
                                                                                                        Semedo himself was
       former Left Bloc (BE) leader João Semedo, who died earlier aged 67.                              unable to attend.       example of a serious man
                                                                                                          It was attended by the  who was dedicated to the
                                                                               to describe Semedo, a    speaker and by          public good.
                                                                               medical doctor and former  representatives of the  Semedo’s party
                                                                               Communist Party member,  several parties that had  colleague, former deputy
                                                                               as “one of the leading   drafted the bills to allow  Fernando Rosas, speaking
                                                                               political personalities of the  assisted dying that were  to Lusa News Agency, said
                                                                               last decade and a half” and  rejected by parliament a few  that the 67-year-old was “a
                                                                               praised his “civic and   days later.             free, tranquil, determined
                                                                               political defence of the   Earlier in the year, jointly  man who engaged in battles
                                                                               welfare state, and in    with António Arnaut, one of  to the end.”
                                                                               particular of the national  the founders of Portugal’s  Semedo died early on
                                                                               health service” as       national health service  Tuesday after battling
                                                                               something that “will last as  (SNS), Semedo launched  cancer for several years, the
                                                                               an example in the memory  another book entitled  BE announced on its
                                                                               of all”.                 “Saving the SNS” containing  website.                     TPN/Lusa

                                                                                Portuguese business most fearful in EU over Brexit
                                                                                Portuguese business most fearful in EU over Brexit
                                                                                Portuguese business most fearful in EU over Brexit
                                                                                Portuguese business most fearful in EU over Brexit
                                                                                Portuguese business most fearful in EU over Brexit
                                                                                Portuguese companies are the most pessimistic in Europe regarding Brexit
                                                                                Portuguese companies are the most pessimistic in Europe regarding Brexit
                                                                                Portuguese companies are the most pessimistic in Europe regarding Brexit
                                                                                Portuguese companies are the most pessimistic in Europe regarding Brexit
                                                                                Portuguese companies are the most pessimistic in Europe regarding Brexit
                                                                                the annual Intrum European Payment Report 2018 said on Wednesday.
                                                                                the annual Intrum European Payment Report 2018 said on Wednesday.
                                                                                the annual Intrum European Payment Report 2018 said on Wednesday.
                                                                                the annual Intrum European Payment Report 2018 said on Wednesday.
                                                                                the annual Intrum European Payment Report 2018 said on Wednesday.
                                                                                 Intrum said that in      Out of the 20 countries in  European companies that
                                                                                Portugal, 54 percent of  the inquiry, only Norway  were asked, considered
       Former Left Bloc leader João Semedo, pictured here in January delivering an address on
       Former Left Bloc leader João Semedo, pictured here in January delivering an address on                                   that Brexit would not have
       Former Left Bloc leader João Semedo, pictured here in January delivering an address on
       Former Left Bloc leader João Semedo, pictured here in January delivering an address on
       Former Left Bloc leader João Semedo, pictured here in January delivering an address on
       the Portuguese Health System, died this week after a  battle with cancer. (Photo: Lusa/
       the Portuguese Health System, died this week after a  battle with cancer. (Photo: Lusa/
       the Portuguese Health System, died this week after a  battle with cancer. (Photo: Lusa/
       the Portuguese Health System, died this week after a  battle with cancer. (Photo: Lusa/
       the Portuguese Health System, died this week after a  battle with cancer. (Photo: Lusa/  companies feared that a  thought the impact of the
       Paulo Novais).
       Paulo Novais).
       Paulo Novais).
       Paulo Novais).                                                           weakened European       UK leaving Europe would  an impact on their
       Paulo Novais).
                                                                                Union would have a      be more positive than   businesses, the European
         n a message posted on  for the consolidation of the  nostalgia”.       negative effect on their  negative, but by a small  Payment Report 2018 also
         Parliament’s website,  party and for the current  Personally, Ferro    businesses.             margin.                 showed that the most
         Ferro Rodrigues       government solution”, with  Rodrigues wrote, he   Apart from Portugal,     “The apprehension of  pessimistic countries
      I described Semedo as    the minority Socialist  learned of Semedo’s death  Greece (50 percent),  Portuguese companies is  considered that the impact
      “a man of dialogue and   government supported by  with “much sadness”,    Ireland (45 percent) and  natural, but this negative  would be mainly negative”,
      convictions” who will be  other left parties, the  although it was not entirely  the Czech Republic (42  posture regarding Brexit  the director general of
      sorely missed.           speaker wrote. As a former  unexpected given his  percent) were the other  will tend to diminish over  Intrum Portugal, Luís
        As joint leader of the BE,  deputy in recent years, he  recent illness.  countries that were most  time. On the other hand,  Salvaterra, said in a
      he “contributed decisively  leaves “an immense     Ferro Rodrigues went on  fearful of Brexit.    although most of the    statement.                TPN/Lusa
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