Social Democratic Party (Portugal)

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Group.png Social Democratic Party (Portugal)   WebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Founder• Francisco Sá Carneiro
• Francisco Pinto Balsemão
• Joaquim Magalhães Mota
HeadquartersLisbon, Portugal
One of the two major parties in the Portugal. Like with many Portuguese parties, the name is confusing. It is in fact a liberal-conservative party.

The Social Democratic Party is the one of the two major parties in the Portugal. Like with many Portuguese parties, the name is confusing. It is in fact a liberal-conservative party. The PSD is frequently referred to as a party that is not ideology-based, but rather a power party (partido do poder) The leaders have a heavy Bilderberg habit.


The PSD was founded in 1974, two weeks after the Carnation Revolution and in 1976 adopted its current name. In 1979, the PSD allied with centre-right parties to form the Democratic Alliance and won that year's election. After the 1983 general election, the party formed a grand coalition with the Socialist Party, known as the Central Bloc, before winning the 1985 general election under new leader Aníbal Cavaco Silva, who shifted the party to the right. Cavaco Silva served as Prime Minister for ten years, instituting major economic liberalisation and winning two landslide victories. After he stepped down, the PSD lost the 1995 election. The party was returned to power under José Manuel Durão Barroso in 2002, but was defeated in the 2005 election. The party was able to return to power after the 2011 elections and four years later was able to win a plurality in the 2015 legislative election, winning 107 seats in the Assembly of the Republic in alliance with the CDS – People's Party, but being unable to form a minority government. The current leader, Rui Rio was elected on 13 January 2018.

Originally a social-democratic party, the PSD became the main centre-right, conservative party in Portugal.[1] The PSD is a member of the European People's Party and the Centrist Democrat International. Until 1996, the PSD belonged to the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party and Liberal International.[1] The party publishes the weekly Povo Livre (Free People) newspaper.


Party Members

Jose Pedro Aguiar-Branco18 July 1957Single Bilderberger Portuguese Defense minister. Potential leader of the Social Democrats, but failed to gain position.
Maria Luís Albuquerque16 September 1967Portuguese Minister of Finance 2013-15 who introduced "reform" program in agreement with big banks, including Morgan Stanley. Attended Bilderberg 2016. Joined Morgan Stanley board in 2022.
Francisco Pinto Balsemão1 September 1937>30 Bilderbergs, Bilderberg Steering committee, Prime Minister of Portugal
José Manuel Barroso23 March 1956Bilderberg Steering committee, President of the European Commission
Leonor Beleza23 November 1948Portuguese politician who attended the 2007 Bilderberg as Chairwoman of the health sector Champalimaud Foundation.
António Borges18 November 194925 August 2013Portuguese economist and banker. Managing Director and International Adviser of Goldman Sachs.
Teresa Patrício Gouveia18 July 1946Portuguese politician
Manuela Ferreira Leite3 December 1940Attended the 2006 Bilderberg conference as non-executive administrator of the Portuguese Banco Santander Totta, and the 2009 Bilderberg as President of the Social Democratic Party (which despite its name it is a liberal-conservative party).
Pedro M. Santana Lopes29 June 1956Became Prime Minister of Portugal a month after attending the 2004 Bilderberg
Rui Machete7 April 1940Had a 20 year break between minister positions.
Vasco Graça Moura3 January 194227 April 2014Portuguese lawyer, writer, translator and politician
Paulo Rangel18 February 1968Portuguese politician who attended the 2010 Bilderberg as an MEP
Rui Rio6 August 1957Portuguese politician
Nuno Morais Sarmento31 January 1961Attended the 2005 Bilderberg meeting as vice-president of the (liberal-conservative) Social Democratic Party.
Jorge Moreira da Silva24 April 1971Portuguese politician
Jose Socrates6 September 1957Portuguese PM responsible for austerity program after 2008
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa12 December 1948
Miguel Veiga30 June 193614 November 2016Portugese lawyer and politician. He participated in the 1994 Bilderberg meeting.
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