Brazil

Mercosur at its lowest

Mercosur it is at a political impasse, without Presidency and with three out of five members trying to isolate Venezuela. But even more daunting, Argentina and Brazil seem to be working tirelessly to deprive Mercosur of any political connotation.

Mercosur is at a political impasse. Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay refused to recognize Venezuela presidency of the bloc, based on the failure of the Caracas Government in complying with Mercosur trade tariffs and in protecting human rights. Uruguay, the only member still partially siding with Venezuela, has managed to grant Nicolas Maduro’s executive an extended deadline, 1st December 2016, to comply with the bloc’s requirements. In the meantime, Mercosur is swinging between acephaly and a collegial presidency by the remaining members, and Venezuela is becoming increasingly isolated inside the same organization where, during Hugo Chavez’s Government, it used to have a primary role.

But there is more going on in the Mercosur than bickering over the Presidency.

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Michel Temer’s Dream Came True, But Now He Has To Rule The Country

Posse_de_Michel_TemerMichel Temer has wanted to be President for years and now has the chance to rule the country. But with a destroyed economy and shadows of “golpism” hovering over his mandate, he is up for a bumpy ride.

On 31 August 2016, Michel Temer has become the new President of Brazil. Just a few hours before, the Senate had voted to impeach Dilma Rousseff, who has been dismissed from her role as President.

Temer’s mandate will expire on 1st of January 2019 (the original end date of Rousseff’s charge as President), when new elections will take place.

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Brazil Away From the Olympics

When Brazil won the bid to host the Olympic Games, it was a flourishing country. It was 2009, Lula da Silva led the country with a solid consensus, the economy was blossoming and the poverty rate declining. The Olympics were meant to be the celebration of a fast developing country, which had finally found its place among the biggest players in the political arena. Yet, in less than 7 years the Games are just a shining veil over a collapsing nation.

The Olympic Games are in full swing now. Records are broken, medals assigned, athletes are crying or laughing as we speak.

But underneath the surface, Brazil’s problems soars.

When Brazil won the bid to host the Olympic Games, it was a flourishing country. It was 2009, Lula da Silva led the country with a solid consensus, the economy was blossoming and the poverty rate declining. The Olympics were meant to be the celebration of a fast developing country, which had finally found its place among the biggest players in the political arena.

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