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A masked man walks in a Lisbon subway station where a sign asks travelers to maintain social distancing

The end of the Portuguese exception

Commentators have hailed Portugal’s politics as an “exception” in Europe. In Lisbon, a socialist party presides over a healthy economy while far-right and populist-right parties lack significant support. The pandemic, however, is challenging that status quo – increasingly statist solutions from the government are holding back growth, while right-wing parties are gaining influence.

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