Brazil

Election in Brazil: Testing a Fragile Democracy

Economic malaise is pushing Brazilians towards outsider parties in the run-up to the October vote. But with no candidate promising to undertake much-needed economic reform, the country’s woes look set to continue. Brazil has rarely had it so bad. As the 2000s boom in commodity prices waned, the country’s gross domestic product plummeted. Unemployment reached […]

Breaking BRICS: More Differences Than Similarities?

This month brings the tenth summit of the fast-growing BRICs nations – Brazil, Russia, India, and China and South Africa. But does the label still hold given the countries’ starkly different political and economic realities? Almost 17 years after Goldman Sachs coined the term “BRICs” for Brazil, Russia, India, and China, and later South Africa, […]

Mercosur: Crisis-Ridden and Pronounced Dead but Still Alive

South American countries are far too busy with their scandals and crises to be making progress with economic and political integration. And yet those crises could be exactly what gives Mercosur its second wind. The news coming out of Brazil recently is reminiscent of a political thriller. A president deposed under questionable circumstances (Dilma Rousseff) […]

Latin America at the Crossroads Ahead of Big Election Year

Latin America’s bumper election year got into gear with a centre-left candidate sweeping to the top in Costa Rica. And with a slew of elections set to follow, experts are asking where the continent is headed. A spate of elections will make 2018 decisive for Latin America. As the world marches towards a more conservative […]

Brazil: The Drama of Unpredictability

Uncertainty about the 2018 presidential elections, which will be held in October, weigh heavily on Brazil. A court decision this week may cost former president Lula da Silva his candidacy. As Brazil braces for its most important election in decades, hopes of stabilization are dwindling. The country is slowly stepping out of an almost three-year […]

Rio de Janeiro downtown and Favéla/Sugarloaf/Pain de Sucre

Political Doping on the Eve of the Olympics

Hardly any other country included in the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI) has been as diligent in combating corruption as Brazil. Indeed, the country’s prosecutors need all the resolve they can muster: Brazil’s political system has recently been shaken by several bribery scandals, which have contributed to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. An analysis. […]

Protesters in São Paulo

Revisiting a Success Story

Solid economic growth, combined with social policies: This was the recipe for success followed by many Latin American countries like Brazil. Now, the boom in exports has ended – all at the cost of social advances made in recent years. Is it time to question previous reform policies? Most economies in Latin America and the […]

People's March Anti Xenophobia Jeppe street, Johannesburg, outside Little Etheopia

South Africa & Brazil: Immigration Hubs Out of Steam

In the current tough economic climate in emerging economies, the need for effective migration policies is critical. Retaining home-grown skills and avoiding civil conflict are some of the greatest challenges for countries like South Africa and Brazil. This article is part of our “Migration & Transformation” series. Many governments and civil societies in developing and […]

Woman protesting against the poor quality of the town’s water supply in Standerton, South Africa © Jan Truter via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

South Africa & Brazil: Haunted by Success

As the emerging markets of Brazil and South Africa struggle, both countries are starting to realize that their development agendas lack a long-term perspective. The new middle classes will bear the greatest costs of this failure. These are trying times for Brazil and South Africa, the southern members of the BRICS grouping of emerging nations that also […]

Brazilians protest against the government and corruption, 15 March 2015 © José Cruz/Agência Brasil (CC BY 2.0)

“Few Leaders with a National Vision”

On 15 August 2015, thousands of Brazilians once again took to the streets to protest against President Dilma Rousseff. Economist Renato Flôres explains the failure of Brazil’s political leadership, the future of the ruling Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) party, and what the country needs in order to return to a growth and development path. BTI […]

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Innovative Enterprise and Dynamic Democracy

Latin America’s startup scene is vibrant and growing, yet regional differences are plentiful. Jamie Stark looks at social and political factors driving innovative businesses in Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil – and asks, Is democracy a startup essential? What does it take to make a strong business culture? Political stability, investment capital, highly educated employees […]

São Paulo subway cars. © Luis F. Gallo (CC-BY-2.0)

Bridging the Corruption Gap in Brazil

Media and civil society in Brazil are quite successful at exposing corruption. The government should revisit laws, strengthen their enforcement, and engage in an anti-corruption forum with NGOs and businesses. The fight against corruption is an ever-present key issue in Brazilian media and society. It’s common knowledge that, despite Brazil’s vast economic potential and the […]