These positions of Francisco Assis, whose mandate as president of the Economic Social Council (CES) will end due to the dissolution of the Assembly of the Republic, were conveyed in an interview to RTP3, during which he also rebelled against the “demonization of the Central Bloc” by part of some Portuguese political currents.
Questioned will remain the refusal to run for deputy for the PS in the next legislative elections, as he did in 2019, the former Socialist MEP claimed that now the situation is, from his point of view, “fortunately, completely different from what it was before two years”.
“Therefore, I no longer have fundamental reasons to exclude myself from participating in political life on behalf of the PS. Hence, I say that I will be a candidate [a deputado] or I’ll stop being, it’s a very long way, and I’m not commenting on that at this moment. I just wanted to say this to make it clear, in fact, that the situation is different from what it was two years ago,” he declared.
At this point, Francisco Assis said that he is not obsessed with his return to the PS deputy candidate lists.
“The only thing I can truly say is this: Two years ago, I was invited to join the PS deputy candidate lists, I had left the European Parliament, and I said flatly no. There were insurmountable reasons that prevented me from doing so. participate in a PS list and campaign for the PS”, he justified.
In the interview, the current president of the CES defended that in Portugal “it is essential to recover the capacity for dialogue at the center” and absolutely rejected the thesis that the regime dialogue between PS and PSD has as an inevitable consequence a growth in political extremes.
On the contrary, according to Francisco Assis, it appears that in societies that have had more problems there is an absolute radicalization of the political debate, in the cases of the United States of America and Brazil.
The countries that respond best, according to the former socialist parliamentary leader, “are the countries that have not given in to this radicalism”, such as Germany, where, despite the joint governance of Christian Democrats and Social Democrats, political extremes have not grown in the recent general elections.
Based on the data referring to the victories of the German Social Democrats in the last German elections, after having been part of governments led by the Christian Democrats for the past eight years, Francisco Assis contested that collaboration with the center would lead to the electoral downfall of the center-left and to the growth of extremes.
“According to these theories presented here [em Portugal], [o SPD] it would be doomed to be completely crushed and assimilated. The truth is, it didn’t. So it’s not true,” he argued.
The former MEP then referred to the Portuguese political situation: “I am not saying that this is the most desirable solution [Bloco Central PS/PSD], she cannot be demonized either. The desirable solution is for there to be a capacity for dialogue, a readiness for deep understandings between these two parties”
Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.
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