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Portugal in the late 1970s: Following the revolution to overthrow dictatorship, Portugal begins to make the transition to civilian rule. In April 1976, the nation approves a new constitution. The first free elections in fifty years soon follow.

Portugal in the 1990s and early 2000s: A member of the European Union since 1986, the Portuguese economy enjoys a boom during the 1990s. In the early 2000s, Portugal faces complex socioeconomic challenges as one of the smaller members of the EU, even as the Portuguese population enjoys unprecedented expansion of civil liberties.

Portugal in the late 1970s: Upon assuming control of the nation, President General António de Spínola promises decolonization. Portugal relinquishes control of former colonies, including Angola and East Timor, during the mid- to late-1970s.

Portugal in the 1990s and early 2000s: In 1999, Portuguese citizens protest Indonesia's resistance to granting the...

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