Soccer success helps Portugal plug the eco gap – a little

Portugal's triumph in Euro 2016 netted them not just $25.5 million in UEFA prize money, but also bolstered the national economy by boosting tourismPortuguese Finance Minister Mario Centeno pinned his colours to the mast, donning a green and red scarf as his countrymen lifted the European Championship trophy. EU colleagues in Brussels congratulated him as he lauded the Seleccao’s final win over tournament hosts France in Paris. Portugal is currently along with neighbouring Spain lobbying Brussels to spare both Iberian nations, hit amidships by the eurozone debt crisis, swingeing fines for overshooting official budget deficit targets.

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