Foreign policy is a minefield, often having to contradict itself due to complex global realities. However, the Jair Bolsonaro government has surpassed all limits, battling imaginary enemies and defending the interests of its ideological support base, and not Brazil. This is the view of qualified diplomat Antonio Freitas, the creator of the Tapera Taperá project, a non-profit cultural center in downtown São Paulo.
Mr. Freitas is also critical of the administration’s exaltation of the Mercosur–European Union trade deal, as the conditions of the deal are not yet clear. What’s more, he considers the Brazil–U.S. subservience as akin to that of a dog and his master. Regarding Brazil’s foreign policy guidelines for the coming years, the diplomat is succinct: the government’s attitude is amateur and improvised.
“It is a government that is not concerned with making a foreign policy that serves the long-term national interest, but rather with the interest of a specific group that can help it guarantee a runoff in the 2022 elections.”
Antonio Freitas sat down with The Brazilian Report for an exclusive interview, the highlights of which are below.