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António Rebelo de Sousa
The existence of a hegemonic power bloc has some advantages. In principle, it allows for greater governmental stability and a more consistent involvement of the government, especially in particularly significant circumstances, such as those we are living through, in which it is important that, in contacts made with our European interlocutors and in the negotiation of external conflict situations – in which Portugal will necessarily be engaged – our country speaks with a single voice (in an effort to achieve convergence between the main democratic parties represented in the Assembly of the Republic), avoiding the loss of external credibility, which simultaneously weakens the «democratic camp» at an international level.
Therefore, the results obtained in the last general election must be used to establish «areas of convergence» between the Democratic Left and the Democratic Right on issues such as electoral legislation, health, education and social security reforms, the series of fundamental infrastructural investments to be implemented in our country, energy policy and, finally, the definition of a concerted strategy with regard to policies to be implemented in Europe and the relationship of Western nations with Russia and China. Without the establishment of consensus in these areas, our country will lose its ability to assert itself on the international scene. And to all of the above we must add the need for a broad national consensus on cooperation policy within the framework of the Portuguese-speaking world and in particular the CPLP.
Not understanding what is currently at stake, the Democratic Right stigmatising the Democratic Left and the Democratic Left stigmatising the Democratic Right, it is like issuing a certificate of mental inferiority to the Portuguese political elite, leading to a dead end.
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