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That's where PSD comes in, as largely a grass roots party, building an alternative that, being still aligned to the left, (the word Marxism only left the party statutes in the late eighties), was tolerant of more traditional Portuguese values, although not defining itself around them.

Hm. Didn't the PSD emerge from the pro-democratic-reforms liberal wing of the puppet parliament under Salazár? Wikipedia also says that they moved from the European Liberal, Democrat and Reform Party (and not the European Socialists) to the European People's Party.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon May 29th, 2006 at 03:36:10 PM EST
True, it's leadership came from there.
The truth is both PSD and PS refered to Social Democracy as an ideal but, while the Socialists where from the start identified with Socialist International, somehow there was this distinction between Democratic Socialism, and Social Democracy... PS ment the first, PSD ment the latest.
Of course, when Portugal joined the European Parliament, the Socialists took their natural place, and PSD was left to align with the ones to the right, not without some disconfort from it's center wing.
by Torres on Mon May 29th, 2006 at 04:05:14 PM EST
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