Brazil braces for a rough ride, but its strengths remain

Brasilia, Dec. 15, 2015: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff expresses indignation at Congressional proceedings to impeach her (source: dpa)
Brasilia, Dec. 15, 2015: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff expresses indignation at Congressional proceedings to impeach her (source: dpa)

The drama of Brazil’s immense political and economic crisis has reached a sort of “ground zero” point, from which it can develop in any direction, leading to a positive or very negative outcome for the country.

In early December 2015, Brazil’s Congress unexpectedly and abruptly moved to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. After her allies appealed to the Supreme Court, the process was put on hold until mid-February, as the legislative and judiciary branches went into their usual, year-end recess.

Retaliation in kind

The impeachment appeared to have been an act of revenge by Ms. Rousseff’s nemesis, House Speaker Eduardo Cu...

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