Analysis

Portugal has always suffered from low turnouts at EP elections, with only 34.5% voting in 2014, and forecasts for 2019 offer little sign of improvement. The issue is not discussed by the media or politicians.   More focus will be on the legislative elections which must take place by September/October 2019 and the big question is whether Antonio Costa can win a majority to govern alone.  He currently presides over a unique coalition of Socialists, Communists (PCP-Partido Comunista Português) and Trotskyists (BE-Bloco de Esquerda) . The coalition has surprised everyone by its relative success but Costa will hope to win a majority where he can govern alone.  A big test will be the presentation of the State Budget in October.

None of the parties have declared their lists.

EPP (8 MEPs)

Paulo Rangel will head the PSD list and Nuno Melo (PP) will stand again.

S&D (8 MEPs)

Only Carlos Zorrinho of the 8 sitting MEPs appears to have survived the cut and been…

ALDE (1 MEPs)

Antonio Marinho Pinto from the Democratic Republican Party (PDR) will stand again.

GUE (4 MEPs)

Marisa Matias MEP will once again head the list for Left Block and Joao Ferreira for the…

GREENS (0 MEPs)

Former BE MEP Rui Tavares joined the Greens/EFA in 2011 as in independent and then formed…

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