• Stephan Raab

The Rise of the Far Right in Portugal and its European implications

For a long time, the Iberian Peninsula has been a bulwark against populism. However, during the last years it seems, that the anti-European wave of populist movements seems to have reached Portugal. A new political party called “Chega”, which translates into “Enough” has gained ground since its foundation in 2019. Discovering the roots and the reasons for this populistic surge, the Institute for Greater Europe has organized a panel with renowned participants from research and politics in Portugal.

During her introduction, Ana Gomes, former S&D MEP, and independent candidate for the Portuguese presidency, underlined, that the democratic parties seem to have forgotten, setting clear red lines, defining the space for democratic dispute. Astoundingly she argues, the head of the party, André Ventura graduated in law with an PhD about the topic of criminalizing minorities. Nevertheless, his politics seem to be different.

Adding to that, Dr Raquel da Silva: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Centre for International Studies at the University Institute of Lisbon, gave a presentation, showing the worrying rise of violence and racism in Portugal. Until today, according to her research extreme right violence is a topic still mostly neglected by prosecution.

What was quite astounding, Dr. Filipa Raimundo: Assistant Professor at the ISCTE - Lisbon Uni