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Macron praises Lula's bravery on ex-Brazilian president's European tour

Thursday, November 18th 2021 - 09:51 UTC
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French President Emmanuel Macron Wednesday praised Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva's “political courage,” as the former head of state (2003-2011) appears ready to return to power in next year's elections, although he denies having launched his candidacy. Read full article


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  • Brasileiro

    Lula is ahead in all electoral polls by a large margin. Most assume the existence of one. Does not exist!

    Nov 18th, 2021 - 04:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Liberato

    “has rescued 30 million Brazilians from poverty.” Almost an entire Argentina. And there are still people who despise him. Who believed the media and Moro that want to be president himself.
    Best two brasilian presidents are Lula and Cardozo. Unfortunately, i think they are both too old to run again.

    Nov 18th, 2021 - 10:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Cheshire_Cat

    Lula didn't personally “rescue 30 million Brazilians from poverty”, record sky-high soybean prices during the 2000s did.

    Lula simply had good timing, reaped both the fruits of Cardoso's free market reforms of the 1990s (which took courage and actually stabilized and modernized Brazil) and enjoyed the windfall of a decade of high commodity prices. His governance was corrupt as hell and his socialistic policies (as well as Dilma's) left a mess (budget deficit, debt, high inflation) for subsequent Brazilian governments to sort out.

    The same can be said of the Kirchners in Argentina. They too, greatly reduced poverty initially, but then the boon of commodity prices ended and it all came crashing down. (Magnified in the case of Argentina but the basic issues mistakes are the same)

    Every. Single. Country. in South America saw record growth and poverty reduction in the 2000s thanks to the windfall commodity prices. But afterwards, that growth was only sustainable in the more market-oriented countries that looked ahead (Uruguay, Chile, Colombia) while it led to crisis in the more socialistic ones that spent it all (Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil).

    One has to look at the broader economic context to avoid making myopic comments like yours.

    Nov 19th, 2021 - 02:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Liberato

    Ahhh they are saved then with the market oriented government made by bolsonaro!!!.

    So if a left government pay its debts, made brasilians companies like Petrobras one of the most valuable in the world, the same with many other assets and companies, save millon of brasilians out of poverty as never seen in its history, it is due to an economic wind tale?.

    Of course you have a point, and im not an expert in economy. But i think that right wing governments that takes huge debts and primarize its economy does not looks a very bright promoting future.

    Nov 19th, 2021 - 02:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    Cheshire Cat

    I highly agree with your perspective!

    Nov 19th, 2021 - 05:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • FortHay

    Ceshire, good observation. In addition, Bolsonaro and his administration have continued the across the board social safety net 'bolsa familia' from his predecessor. In the US you can see homeless camps everywhere. The encampments of the poor in Brazil, even in the poorest region (Nordeste) have largely disappeared and that includes the politically supported black flag 'sem terra' camps along the highways.

    Nov 20th, 2021 - 05:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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