Country Reports

Brasília under investigation

President Michel Temer may have to fear for his mandate

The "Lava Jato" i.e. "Carwash" corruption investigations involving the state-run oil company Petrobras have been bringing out new corruption charges on a near daily basis. Meanwhile the corruption investigations could also pose a threat to the mandate of current president Michel Temer (PMDB). more…

Dr. Jan Woischnik, Alexandra Paulus | March 13, 2017

Municipal elections overshadowed by crisis


The ex-president Dilma Rousseff’s Worker’s Party (PT) is the clear loser in Brazil’s municipal elections following her suspension from office. In a fragmented party-political scene, political outsiders emerge as the victors. This trend might persist in the 2018 national elections. The political and economic crisis has undermined the voters’ political confidence for some time to come. In this election for the first time, corporate donations were banned as an anticorruption measure. Candidates from the Pentecostal churches capitalise on the sentiment of antagonism towards politics. more…

Dr. Jan Woischnik, Valerie Gruber | October 7, 2016

Brazil, perpetuum immobile

A pallid interim president cannot lead his country out of crisis, as the olympics discloses to international onlookers

Shortly before the opening of the Summer Olympics, half of Brazil’s population are critical of the Games and almost two-thirds believe that the Games will bring more problems than positive outcomes for the country. This is hardly surprising in a country that is being rocked by a massive economic and political crisis. The interim president Michel Temer (PMDB) lacks the stamina to see through urgently needed structural reforms in the political arena. Nor does he personify the political renewal that would be necessary to overcome the crisis of confidence. more…

Dr. Jan Woischnik, Alexandra Paulus | August 1, 2016

State Crisis Instead of Final Sprint

In the next 100 days, 10 issues shall decide whether the Olympics shall become a success or not in crisis-struck Brazil

100 Days prior to their Opening Ceremony, Brazil has practically forgotten this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics. Instead the country is involved in a deep economic and political crisis. The latter is no longer limited only to the impeachment of Pres. Dilma Rousseff, but also casts doubts on the problem-solving skills of the Brazilian Administration as a whole. Whether the Olympics are going to be a success notwithstanding, shall essentially depend on 10 issues. more…

Dr. Jan Woischnik, Alexandra Paulus | April 27, 2016

Mass Protests and Political Gridlock

Brazil amid a corruption scandal, economic crisis and the president's imminent impeachment

Barely five months prior to the beginning of this year’s Summer Olympic Games, Brazil is setting up negative records: Amid a historical economic crisis, the disclosure of the largest corruption network of the country’s history has reached a new acme through the accusations against former president Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva. In the meantime, President Dilma Rousseff stands on the eve of a definitive rupture with her most important coalition partner and fears for her presidency in view of a running impeachment process. Now, mil-lions of protesters are calling for her im-mediate resignation. more…

Dr. Jan Woischnik, Alexandra Paulus | March 17, 2016

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