The Socialist Party (PS) government in Portugal, headed by António Costa, got mired in a corruption scandal over its handling of lucrative lithium and green hydrogen projects. The left has strongly criticized the government’s pro-corporate policy
Housing rights groups and left-wing parties in Portugal have been calling on the government to institute rent caps and fund social housing. They have also opposed the housing program introduced by the government
On February 16, the Portuguese government unveiled a new housing plan that includes suspending new licenses for Airbnbs in the country and ending golden visas for international buyers. However, housing rights groups and leftist parties have called out the government’s silence on important issues like social housing, rent freezes, a ban on evictions, speculation by the real estate lobby, and profiteering by rent sharks
The Socialist Party led by incumbent prime minister Antonio Costa secured a decisive victory while the far-right Chega party made significant gains
António Costa’s politics has contemporary relevance insofar as he has bucked the trend of the declining fortunes for Europe’s center-left, backed by three Leftist groups.
The Socialist Party led by Antonio Costa won 106 seats in the 230-seat parliament. It is likely that its leftist allies, the Left Bloc and the Portuguese Communist Party-led CDU, will continue support to the government