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I am surprised at this lack of 'proper' right-populist and far-right parties. From 15 years ago, I remember reading that CDS is doing a xenophobic campaign. Did they tone down in their years in government? Reading up on its history on Wikipedia now, I see CDS has centrist roots which influence its self-definition to this day, but had a shift to the right when the EPP temporarily dumped them for rejecting the Maastricht Treaty, but the current leader brought them back towards the centre. According to Wikipedia, their only rigid right-wing position is anti-abortionism. I also find that CDS boss Paulo Portas is a vile douche-bag, with a truly long list of scandals (I recall the paedophile charges, the Iraq WMD evidence claim and some of the arms deals, but there are a dozen more on Wikipedia).

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

by DoDo on Sun Sep 27th, 2015 at 04:55:33 PM EST
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CDS is pretty much like a weathervane, it points wherever the wind is blowing. They always opt for dimmed banners, so they can easily be in government. However, the vast majority of their electorate are conservative Christians.

There is a real nationalist party in Portugal, PNR. Their results have grown from less than 5 000 votes in 2002 to more than 17 000 in 2011, but are still far from electing representatives.

A very important party to the right is (was?) the New Democracy Party, formed by a dissident, ex CDS leader, Manuel Monteiro. Monteiro was by far the most popular leader CDS ever had, reaching over 15% of votes at some point. The New Democracy Party got 40 000 votes in the first election it tackled, back in 2005. However, it kept declining ever since and did not present lists to the 2015 elections.

You might find me At The Edge Of Time.

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Mon Sep 28th, 2015 at 03:57:24 AM EST
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