If the austerity program imposed following the crisis by the "Troika" – European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund – raised the Portuguese thermometer of euroscepticism, the last four years of recovery have relaunched the meters.
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According to the April Eurobarometer, 82% of Portuguese believe that belonging to the Union is "Profitable" at home, and only 7% would vote in favor of an exit in the event of a referendum. "Here, the sovereignist, the anti-Brussels nationalism do not work. For a large majority of Portuguese, Europe remains associated with progress and development »insists António Costa Pinto of the Institute of Social Sciences in Lisbon.
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However, the May 26 poll struggles to mobilize, polls predicting a record abstention of 63%. And the campaign remains dominated by a national issue: how will be judged the policy led by Prime Minister António Costa since 2015? " After 40 years of democracy, Portugal is headed, for the first time, by a socialist government supported by the communists and the radical left. The question is whether this experience will withstand the legislative elections scheduled for October 6. The Europeans will be a first test »says António Costa Pinto.