Portugal Is Losing Its Immunity to the Lure of the Far Right

Andre Ventura, leader of the populist, far-right Chega! party reacts to someone shouting “Fascist!” as he leaves the lectern in the Portuguese Parliament, Lisbon, Oct. 27, 2021 (AP photo by Armando Franca).
Andre Ventura, leader of the populist, far-right Chega! party reacts to someone shouting “Fascist!” as he leaves the lectern in the Portuguese Parliament, Lisbon, Oct. 27, 2021 (AP photo by Armando Franca).
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Holding elections under the pressure of a pandemic has become old hat for Portugal. When Portuguese citizens go to the polls for legislative elections on Jan. 30, it will be the third time they’ve done so since COVID-19 hit, after a presidential election in January 2021 and municipal elections in September 2021.  And yet, balancing democratic processes with pandemic control measures this time around will be more difficult than those previous exercises, with a record 1 million people—or 10 percent of the population—currently quarantining due to having tested positive for COVID-19 or coming into contact with someone who has. In […]

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