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Seven francs; 2,000 lire; two German marks: for anyone who travelled to Europe before the euro devoured the French, Italian and German currencies in 2002, that was as pitiful as the pound ever got.

David Prosser: The lesson from Lisbon

Budget Outlook Much of the criticism of this Budget is that it does not spell out how spending cuts will be implemented across the various government departments. If that lack of detail undermines confidence in the Chancellor's ability to deliver borrowing reductions, our AAA rating might be imperilled.

48 Hours In: Funchal

Last month, Madeira suffered the worst flooding in living memory, but the capital of this pretty Portuguese island is ready to welcome visitors once again.

Professor Harold Livermore: Historian of Iberia who wrote the prize-winning 'A History of Portugal'

Harold Livermore's long career as a major historian of Iberia dates essentially from 1947 with the publication of A History of Portugal, a monumental study which established his reputation as the first anglophone scholar to write a detailed and closely researched account of the annals of England's (and in due course the United Kingdom's) oldest ally. It won for him Portugal's coveted Camões Prize.

Sniffer dogs search flood debris for Madeira's missing four

Emergency crews used sniffer dogs yesterday to search through huge piles of debris for at least four people still missing in Madeira yesterday after flash floods and rockslides killed 42 people.

Floods and mudslides in Madeira leave 32 dead

More than 60 people are injured and hundreds more are left homeless as rainstorms and high winds batter Portuguese holiday island

McCanns launch new attack on Madeleine hunt police

Kate and Gerry McCann today criticised the "heartbreaking" failure by police to investigate new leads in their daughter Madeleine's disappearance as they called for a full case review.

Detective fails to overturn Madeleine McCann book ban

Former Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral today lost an attempt to overturn a ban on his book claiming that Madeleine McCann is dead, a spokeswoman for the child's parents said.

McCanns back in court to defend book ban

Gerry and Kate McCann will return to court in Portugal today as a former senior detective continues his attempt to overturn the couple's ban on his book.

Stay the night: The Westin Paris

The contemporary styling of a historic hotel offers a seductive mix for Valentine's guests

WIN! A weekend for two in Lisbon

We've teamed up with Hotels.com – the world's leading hotel booking website – to offer a weekend break for two in Lisbon, Portugal. Enter our prize draw and you could be the lucky winner of two nights' B&B at the four-star Fontana Park Hotel in Lisbon. You'll also win two economy flights from London to Lisbon courtesy of TAP Portugal.

Mariza, Royal Festival Hall, London

Let's pretend, once again, that we are in Lisboa, in a small taverna," Mariza suggests, looking out at a Royal Festival Hall kept intentionally sepulchral tonight. She is the biggest global star that fado, the darkest and most soulful European music, has had, singing at Olympic Games ceremonies and single-handedly reviving its fortunes. But Mariza is also a purist; open to the international rhythms absorbed on her last album, Terra, but rooted in the traditional fado played at her father's taverna where she sang from the age of five.

A glass ceiling for women in the orchestra pit

Next week, Julia Jones takes the baton at the Royal Opera House. But a woman on the podium remains a rare event. And that is absurd, says Jessica Duchen

WIN! A weekend for two in Portugal

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