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Portugal’s presidency: to heal Europe

By László Andor / 7 January, 2021

If you hated Covid-19 in 2020, you will hate it more in 2021, under the Portuguese presidency of the EU Council. The mundane reason for this is that the period of presidency in the EU is not simply a time of pushing dossiers, dialogues and trilogues, but also one of...

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Strong socialist victory in Portugal

By Maria João Rodrigues / 8 October, 2019

The Portuguese Socialists (PS), led by Antonio Costa, have achieved an outstanding victory giving them 106 of the Parliament’s 230 seats. This is a recognition of their remarkable work over the last four years in turning the page of austerity, against the tide of the European conservative and neo-liberal status...

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Democracy and citizens’ expectations

By Ana Catarina Mendes / 17 December, 2018

The Social Democratic parties are the leading political force in the fight against the enemies of democracy because the success of a political system is measured by its capacity to meet the expectations of its citizens, by its capacity to improve the living standards of its people.   Let there...

Portugal’s left wing coalition shows the way forward for Progressives

By Maria Freitas / 23 November, 2017

Portugal’s progressive government solution shows that a political alternative to the so-called ‘grand coalition’ is possible. Uniting left wing parties into a strategic partnership also demonstrates that breaking away from austerity is feasible and that progressive policies are conducive to economic growth.   Two years ago, few people would have...

Portugal’s left-wing success story

By Pedro Nuno Santos / 23 November, 2017

Following Portugal’s parliamentary elections on 4 October 2015, the Socialist Party (PS) was forced to take a decision: either to join the right-wing parties (PSD and CDS) in a grand coalition or to find an alternative solution that would allow a left-wing majority in Portugal’s Parliament.   Given the country’s...

Portugal: A historical political pact on the left

By Sofia Serra da Silva / 23 February, 2017

Since November 2015, Portugal has a left-wing government led by Prime Minister António Costa from the Socialist Party (PS) with the parliamentary support of three other left-wing political parties: the Communists (PCP), the Greens (PEV) and the radical left (Bloco de Esquerda- Left Block). This government reflects the results of...

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