The new Liberal Initiative party increased its presence in Parliament in these elections from one to eight parliamentarians with a platform of lower taxes and less state intervention. This, together with the growth of Chega!, resulted in a fragmentation mobile phone number listof the fragmented right, and hence the inability of the PSD to advance electorally in 2022.
squaring the circle
The future presents other kinds of dilemmas, but this time for the Socialists in government (or any other party in power in the near future). Portugal continues to be a country with comparatively high inequality in terms of income and (particularly) wealth, still suffering from the – socially asymmetric – consequences of the pandemic. Its labor force shows a gap in job qualifications, productivity is 25% below the average of the 27 States of the European Union (and continues to fall), and investment in education, research and development and child care and early education they have stagnated, at best, over the past decade.
If a socialist government burdened by mobile phone number list debt (more than 130% of GDP) and low tax capacity will be able to square the circle by meeting the immediate social needs of its electorate and, at the same time, investing in the future, it is something that remains uncertain at best, and unlikely at worst.