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What can we take from Bolsonaro’s Davos debut?

Taking only a fraction of the time he was allotted, Jair Bolsonaro failed to impress any of the financial elites in his international debut davos

We were expecting 45 minutes. Then, his delegation reported that the speech would be cut down to half an hour. In the end, Jair Bolsonaro’s debut on the international stage—addressing global financial elites on yesterday’s opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos —lasted a little over six minutes.

While economists from around the world had hoped for substance—details about Mr. Bolsonaro’s proposed pension reform, or information on the state-owned companies set to be sold off—what they got instead were empty platitudes. Those in attendance were told that Brazil would “be integrated to the rest...

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