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    2019 Portuguese elections: Big win for democratic socialists, big loss for

    2019 Portuguese legislative election - Wikipedia

    The center-left, pro-Europe Socialist Party went up from 86 to 106 seats.
    The right-wing populist, CDS-People's Party went from 18 seats all the way down to 5. 💜

    Another good result against right-wing nationalism after similar results in Austria just weeks ago!
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    Re: 2019 Portuguese elections: Big win for democratic socialists, big loss for

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    2019 Portuguese legislative election - Wikipedia

    The center-left, pro-Europe Socialist Party went up from 86 to 106 seats.
    The right-wing populist, CDS-People's Party went from 18 seats all the way down to 5. ��

    Another good result against right-wing nationalism after similar results in Austria just weeks ago!
    So was this some kind of problem in Portugal? It just looks like a far left government got even more far left. Not that a fascist party about to take control over Portugal took heavy losses.
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    Re: 2019 Portuguese elections: Big win for democratic socialists, big loss for

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    2019 Portuguese legislative election - Wikipedia

    The center-left, pro-Europe Socialist Party went up from 86 to 106 seats.
    The right-wing populist, CDS-People's Party went from 18 seats all the way down to 5. ��

    Another good result against right-wing nationalism after similar results in Austria just weeks ago!

    That depends on how you look at it: Kurz is conservative, very right-leaning and against immigration. The far-right party was his previous coalition partner.
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    Re: 2019 Portuguese elections: Big win for democratic socialists, big loss for

    Quote Originally Posted by Felis Leo View Post
    So was this some kind of problem in Portugal? It just looks like a far left government got even more far left. Not that a fascist party about to take control over Portugal took heavy losses.
    Ask the Portuguese. Methinks that a lot of people have had enough with the far right.
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    Re: 2019 Portuguese elections: Big win for democratic socialists, big loss for

    Gotta lol at the way the article's 'center-left' party gets translated by Felis Leo as 'even more far left'.

    Possibly because of decades under a non-fun military/autocratic dictatorship, far right parties don't have much traction in Portugal.

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    Re: 2019 Portuguese elections: Big win for democratic socialists, big loss for

    CDS-PP are actually center right, not far-right. The real far right party only got one seat in the parliament, thankfully.

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    Re: 2019 Portuguese elections: Big win for democratic socialists, big loss for

    Quote Originally Posted by Felis Leo View Post
    So was this some kind of problem in Portugal? It just looks like a far left government got even more far left. Not that a fascist party about to take control over Portugal took heavy losses.
    Far left government?... Why comment on a subject you're not familiar with? This is a party that has even been accused of practising right wing policies.

    Speaking of far left, the communist party got one of the worst results ever and the worst since 2002.

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    Re: 2019 Portuguese elections: Big win for democratic socialists, big loss for

    Quote Originally Posted by Arkantos View Post
    Far left government?... Why comment on a subject you're not familiar with? This is a party that has even been accused of practising right wing policies.

    Speaking of far left, the communist party got one of the worst results ever and the worst since 2002.
    You will forgive my ignorance, Arkantos, but I was referring to the Socialist Party which has nearly half the seats after gaining 20. Is it more of a nationalist/populist socialist party? Or are they out of the governing coalition?

    And I am not asking that with rancor, I simply do not know.
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    Re: 2019 Portuguese elections: Big win for democratic socialists, big loss for

    Quote Originally Posted by Felis Leo View Post
    You will forgive my ignorance, Arkantos, but I was referring to the Socialist Party which has nearly half the seats after gaining 20. Is it more of a nationalist/populist socialist party? Or are they out of the governing coalition?

    And I am not asking that with rancor, I simply do not know.
    If one is acquainted with the Portuguese, one will know that the election result had less to do with anybody's political leaning (or even bias), but with the fact that Antůnio Costa did the Portuguese proud in the last 4 years. For one thing he reversed unpopular austerity measures, including cuts to public sector wages and pensions, introduced by the previous PSD-led government and still managed to bring Portugalís budget deficit down to nearly zero.

    He's been combining fiscal discipline with successful measures to stimulate the economy, which is growing faster than the EU average, helped by rising exports and a booming tourism industry that attracted more tourists to Portugal last year than it has inhabitants.

    The guy is savvy and the people not only see it but feel the benefits by now.
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    Re: 2019 Portuguese elections: Big win for democratic socialists, big loss for

    Quote Originally Posted by Chagos View Post
    If one is acquainted with the Portuguese, one will know that the election result had less to do with anybody's political leaning (or even bias), but with the fact that Antůnio Costa did the Portuguese proud in the last 4 years. For one thing he reversed unpopular austerity measures, including cuts to public sector wages and pensions, introduced by the previous PSD-led government and still managed to bring Portugal’s budget deficit down to nearly zero.

    He's been combining fiscal discipline with successful measures to stimulate the economy, which is growing faster than the EU average, helped by rising exports and a booming tourism industry that attracted more tourists to Portugal last year than it has inhabitants.

    The guy is savvy and the people not only see it but feel the benefits by now.
    This success is widely attributed to the merits of Mario Centeno, the Finance Minister and currently the president of the Eurogroup - elected in 2018, probably for his work over the four years in the government. In the country he is now referred to as the "Ronaldo of Finances"
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