The instinctive multilateralist: Portugal and the politics of cooperation (ECFR)

  • The Portuguese people believe that their country’s fate is inextricably tied to that of the European Union.
  • A survey carried out ahead of the Portuguese national election suggests that the Portuguese bounced back quickly from a surge in Euroscepticism linked to the strict conditions of Portugal’s 2011 bailout package.
  • Portugal values the economic benefits of EU membership primarily, but its people believe in the EU as more than just an economic project.
  • The Portuguese are instinctive multilateralists, and hope that the bloc can help them tackle the challenges of globalisation: from climate change to cooperation on the impact of freedom of movement on Europe.

Susi Dennison and Lívia Franco

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