Elections in Portugal: Socialist Success Story

Kursnummer: 19419

The Socialist Party is expected to repeat electoral success in the coming elections. The left-coalition government managed to overcome the 2008 economic crisis by choosing its own path.

Europe 2019: Avoiding electoral surprises
Part 18: Elections in Portugal: Socialist Success Story

When: Tuesday 1 October, from 9:30 to 12:30
Where: Haus der Europäischen Union, Wipplingerstrasse 35, 1010 Vienna
Seminar language: English
Registration deadline: 29 September 2019

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Cooperation project: forum journalismus und medien and the European Commission Representation in Austria.


Portugal has overcome the 2008 economic crisis thanks to the Socialist Party and its left-wing coalition.

On 2 September 2019 The Financial Times editorial was upbeat:

“A little hope comes from an unusual quarter: Portugal, which last week led Moody’s, the rating agency, to upgrade its outlook from stable to positive. Its success stems from both sound policy choices and a healthy dose of good fortune. Prime Minister António Costa still has much to do in a country where public debt remains above 100 per cent of gross domestic product. Nonetheless, he has reason to be more optimistic than many other European leaders.”

The coming elections, scheduled for 6 October, are expected to deliver another victory for the Socialists. What is the basis of the socialist economic and political success? What does it mean to be left- and right-wing in Portugal? Left-of-socialist parties have been part of the governing coalition and the Communist Party maintains its political influence. Who are the winners and who are the losers of the booming tourism sector? Which are the main issues that matter to the voters? Has the economic success stopped the Portuguese economic exodus to the richer parts of Europe? What can other EU socialist parties learn from their Portuguese colleagues?


André Freire, professor of political science, School of Sociology & Public Policies, ISCTE-IUL, University Institute of Lisbon.


Presentation, Q&A, dialogue

Target Groups

Journalists from the Austrian and Austria-based media, foreign and national news desks.

Number of participants: Maximum 15


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Further Questions

For additional information about the session, contact Mirjana Tomic, seminar manager, mirjana.tomic@fjum-wien.at, or call 0676 365 26 93

Mirjana Tomić develops and manages fjum_Kontext information sessions on current international affairs. Her international career encompasses journalism, media and political analyses, public outreach and university lecturing. She holds a BA degree in Political Science from Brandeis University, US, and an MA from El Colegio de México, Mexico City, Mexico.

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André Freire
Haus der EU
Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Wien