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Portugal's top court rejects part of government's austerity plan

Joaquim Sousa Ribeiro (C), President of the Portuguese Constitutional Court sits during an anouncement in downtown Lisbon on April 5, 2013Portugal’s Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected part of the government’s austerity measures, but approved a temporary reduction in civil servants’ pay. The country’s top court rejected a tax of two to three percent on pensions starting at 1,000 euros ($1,300), which was supposed to bring in 372 million euros in 2015, because it did not ensure “fairness between generations”, Joaquim de Sousa Ribeiro, the head of the court, told reporters. President Anibal Cavaco Silva had asked the court in late July to make “preventive checks” to ensure the reforms conformed with Portugal’s constitution.

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