Rousseff leaves Washington with a drinks deal, but not much more

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and President Barack Obama still far apart (photo:dpa)
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and President Barack Obama still far apart (photo:dpa)

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff came away from talks with President Obama in Washington with a deal on its national spirit, cachaca, and a promise of two more US consulates in Brazil. Persuading the American president to support her push for a bigger role on the world stage and for a change in US monetary policy may take a while longer.

BRAZILIAN President Dilma Rousseff’s mission to the United States had clear aims - to maximise Brazilan power in the eyes of the United States and to navigate the tensions between a declining US presence in Latin America and the rise of Brazil as a regional superpower.

On the surface, the meeting between Preside...

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