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Brazil’s presidential elections: An omen for Europe?
Europe is more developed and stable than Brazil, but its citizens also have strong reasons to feel let down by the mainstream political forces. An increasing number of voters here may, just like so many Brazilians, support radicals in the hope of opening a path for badly needed reforms.
Brazilian politics in turmoil as general election nears
With Brazil’s political class totally discredited and its key player, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, serving a 12-year jail sentence, all bets are off for the October general election. Assuming the incarcerated Mr. Lula doesn’t find a legal loophole allowing him to run, the current front-runner is a former Army captain, Jair Bolsano, with a far-right agenda. Brazilians are so angry that nearly half of them favor a return to military rule, under certain circumstances – but for now, that still seems inconceivable.
Corruption in Latin America
The Odebrecht scandal, which started off as the Petrobras scandal in Brazil, has sent ripple effects throughout Latin America. It has brought down some regimes and even landed powerful leaders in jail. Perhaps the most important result is voters’ distrust of the traditional political forces. Unsurprisingly, parties in power are set to lose several elections, and in some countries, “outsider” candidates claiming to clean up corruption are leading in the polls.
Brazil: Corruption allegations engulf Temer
Until recently, President Michel Temer seemed an anomaly in Brazilian politics: he went unscathed by the Petrobras scandal and had scored several political victories despite low popularity. Now, all that has changed after a bombshell audio recording allegedly revealed his involvement in several instances of bribery. Isolated and under extreme pressure, Mr. Temer has vowed to fight on. If he does, it will likely drag out Brazil's political and economic crisis for months or even years.
As Brazil’s Rousseff reels from crisis, opportunity for reform emerges
Brazil is facing its worst crisis in 70 years. Its economy is mired deep in a recession that will last at least until 2017. The political scene is in disarray, with a president who was re-elected just a year ago now chastened by approval ratings in the single digits. No opposition leader or party is considered a viable replacement for the Workers’ Party, which has ...
Brazil’s Petrobras problems could open new opportunities for foreign investment
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, re-elected by a slim majority for a second term in October 2014 faces calls for her impeachment and public demonstrations as she experiences a perfect storm of problems. Major falls in the price of oil and commodities, the worst drought for 80 years, government economic policies and corruption in Brazil’s energy giant Petrobras, h...
Rousseff and Neves battle for Brazilian presidential role
The major surprise in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election was the failure of Marina Silva to consolidate her appeal and challenge Dilma Rousseff in the second round. Now voters face a left-right choice for president on October 26. The new administrations will offer significantly different futures for the people of Brazil. ...
India’s private sector makes its mark in Latin America trade
India’s influence in Latin America is growing quickly. Raw materials were originally the focus of its trade, but although China still exports far more manufactured goods to the region, India provides more services. This has been as much a function of private sector investment as of that by government or state-owned corporations. An example is the ability of Brazil ...
Brazil’s election race heads for a tight finish
A plane crash which killed one of Brazil’s presidential election candidates has created an unpredictable outcome. It has pitted former environment minister Marina Silva against President Dilma Rousseff in what looks likely to be a head-to-head battle in October. The two women clashed when they both held top jobs under President Lula da Silva. Now the election race ...
Spy target Dilma Rousseff takes a lead in global internet reform
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacted angrily when she was spied on by Washington’s National Security Agency. But she has subsequently adopted internet governance as a global issue on which she could appear as a leader. Her poll ratings have been falling, but she is hoping that a successful international web conference in Sao Paulo will help her re-election bid...