Brazilian politics: There’s light at the end of the tunnel

Brazilian politics: There's light at the end of the tunnel
Polarization has dominated Brazilian politics. Photo: Fotos Públicas

The 2014 presidential election was brutal. Candidates reached a level of aggression we were not accustomed to seeing in Brazilian politics. Fighting for re-election, Workers’ Party candidate Dilma Rousseff overused negative campaigning against her adversaries, saying they would actively work to “take food away from Brazilian tables.” In the runoff stage, Ms. Rousseff and her opponent, Aécio Neves of the center-right Social Democracy Party (PSDB), presented few proposals to avoid an economic crisis – choosing instead to rely on personal attacks to win votes.

The aftermath of such a bitter dispute could not be positive. In...

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