Ultra-nationalism and the Far-Right in Portugal – The Rise of Racist Episodes at Europe’s Door

Can the recent rise of racist episodes in Portugal be accredited to its history as a colonial power? With the colonial period ending in 1975, the author believes ‘the result has been a mixture of resentment and indifference, creating a generalised environment of highly disguised racist ideologies, with minimal resistance or opposition’. Consequently, ‘the dismissal of racial divisions in Portugal has provided a blank space in Portuguese politics for a highly racialised speech, which Chega filled with its charismatic leader, then leading to the consequent validation of ultra-nationalism and conservative ideas of societal organisation’.