«Despite years of economic gloom and noisy complaints against austerity, Portugal is headed for elections in October with just about the least-radicalized politics in the eurozone.
The October 4 parliamentary vote looks set to be a straight fight between the governing center-right coalition of Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho and the center-left Socialist Party led by former Lisbon mayor António Costa.
Latest polls give the Socialists an edge with over 35 percent of the vote, but the government coalition is barely a couple of points behind.
There is no sign of a surge for leftist firebrands in the mold of Greece’s Syriza party or Spain’s Podemos.
The old-school Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) polls at around 10 percent, little changed from its score in the last elections, in 2011. Syriza wannabes in the Left Bloc are struggling to match the 5 percent they picked up four years ago. And far-right parties simply don’t make it onto Portugal’s political radar.»
«The anti-Greece - Why Portugal’s election won't produce Tsipras 2.0.», Politico