No post inaugural tentei fazer um breve resumo da história política e económica de Portugal para por a par leitores menos conhecedores da realidade portuguesa:
(…)After achieving independence from Spain in 1640, Portugal started its most prosperous period in history. This prosperity was then interrupted when Napoleon decided to attack in early XIX century. The royal family moved to Brazil, a move that started the economic and political decline that lasts until today. The royal family liked Brazil so much that some decided to stay, even after Napoleon was gone. Soon after, they declared Brazil an independent kingdom.
The departure of the royal family to Brazil and subsequent independence led to a century long political and economic crisis. The kingdom was so fragile that no one really noticed when Portugal became a Republic in 1910. Instability continued. The cost of achieving political and financial stability was a heavy-handed conservative dictatorship led by a finance university professor who led the country for 36 years. For some years, the economic and financial decline halted, but at the expense of heavy political repression.
The fight against the right wing dictatorship was led by communists supported by the Soviet Union, and by socialist freelancers.(…)
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