The rise of far-right parties and the impact on national politics

The upcoming legislative elections in Portugal are garnering attention due to the rise of the far-right Chega party and its leader, André Ventura, a former football pundit and ex-councillor. Throughout his campaign, Ventura has focused on issues like corruption, record immigration, supporting police officers, proposing reforms in education and health, and promising higher pensions. His party’s popularity has surged, unsettling the established political landscape. The potential influence of Chega in a coalition government is a cause for concern, as critics accuse the party of xenophobia and racism. The outcome of Sunday’s election remains uncertain, with Chega’s growing support posing a challenge to traditional parties like the Socialist Party and the Social Democratic Party. The rise of far-right parties in Europe and the implications of their participation in government raise questions about the future of democratic governance and minority coalition politics. Voters are divided on the promises of change and the risks associated with radical policy shifts in response to economic and social challenges. The election results will determine the direction of Portugal’s political landscape and its relationship with far-right ideologies.