The Democratic Alliance (AD) is more optimistic in relation to economic growth and the job market, the Socialist Party (PS) is more measured. The AD wants the European funds from the PRR – Recovery and Resilience Plan channeled to companies, the PS considers that the requalification of public services is fundamental and will have a multiplier effect on the economy.
The AD wants more public-private partnerships, more private companies to complement the flaws in the public sector, such as health. The PS, not rejecting them, prefers a reinforcement of public investment. The AD wants a fiscal shock to relaunch the economy, the PS prefers selective tax cuts to benefit sectors integrated into an industrial policy program to be defined. The differences between the two parties, in a fierce electoral dispute, are many, but there are also several strategic similarities and programmatic approaches.
Both parties avoid controversial issues. The PS says nothing about TAP, avoiding friction within the party itself over the capital to be privatized. AD, historically favorable to the private capitalization of pensions, it does not touch on the so-called ceiling, just as it is elusive in supporting mandatory complementary systems.
Luis Montenegro criticizes the “disrespect for protecting the confidence of investors, especially foreigners”, citing the case of visas gold and non-habitual residents, but that’s it – it doesn’t commit to restoring the controversial original regimes. Pedro Nuno Santos, with a redistributive bent, avoids the debate on the tax on inheritances and donations or on the inclusion of all income in the IRS.
In areas such as income policy, the minimum wage, the merger of social benefits into one, part-time pensions, the stimulus to investment in PPR (public), gender equality, the investment in renewable energies, the solution to the media crisis, and even in housing credit for young people there is convergence in proposals.
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