2018 election

In this week’s issue: The most important facts of the week. The 2019 Budget, in detail. 2018 in review: Marielle Franco, João de Deus, Bolsonaro… The week in review Supreme Court. In a turbulent last day before the court went...

PowerOct 31, 2018

Why business elites might regret helping Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil has just experienced one of its most important and...

OpinionOct 30, 2018

What to expect from President Bolsonaro

Make no mistake, folks: Jair Bolsonaro managed a clear...

PodcastOct 29, 2018

Live podcast: Brazil elects Jair Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro will, on January 1st, become Brazil’s 38th...
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Power Oct 29, 2018

Analyzing Jair Bolsonaro’s first speech as president-elect

On Sunday, Brazilians elected Jair Messias Bolsonaro president for the next four years, giving him 55.13 percent of valid votes. After the win, he...
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Opinion Oct 29, 2018

Brazil should have elected Aécio Neves in 2014

Everything being said about the 2018 presidential elections was already true four years ago. Namely, the extreme political polarization, the violent discourse, the use...
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Power Oct 28, 2018

Which Brazil will Jair Bolsonaro inherit

When President-elect Jair Bolsonaro walks up the ramp to the Palácio do Planalto on January 1st, he will be facing more than a polarized Brazil...
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Power Oct 28, 2018

Jair Bolsonaro elected Brazil’s 38th president

With almost 90 percent of ballots counted, the most likely scenario heading into the runoff stage election day became a reality: Jair Bolsonaro will, on...
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Power Oct 28, 2018

Two anti-corruption tsars to support to Workers’ Party

Joaquim Barbosa became a national hero in 2012 when he conducted the trials of the Mensalão corruption scandal. His main accomplishment was to put...
How you know you can trust Brazil's electronic voting system

Power Oct 28, 2018

Brazil’s 2018 Election: second round results

Far-right former Army captain Jair Bolsonaro has been elected the next president of Brazil, defeating Workers’ Party’s Fernando Haddad in the decisive runoff. Mr....
Why are markets so desperate for a Bolsonaro win

Business Oct 28, 2018

Why are investors so desperate for a Bolsonaro win?

All polls in the second round showed far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro having a comfortable lead over Workers’ Party’s candidate Fernando Haddad. The belief...
WhatsApp smartphone election: how the 2018 ballot was won

Power Oct 27, 2018

The smartphone election: how the 2018 ballot was won

Make no mistake: this is an iconic campaign. We might be witnessing the twilight of Lulism, which political scientist André Singer described as “the...
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Power Oct 27, 2018

Brazil’s Northeast: is it still a Workers’ Party stronghold?

On Thursday evening, thousands took to the streets of the northeastern city of Recife to greet Fernando Haddad, the presidential candidate of the center-left...
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Power Oct 26, 2018

Governors update: the final polls of the state races

While the international press has followed the presidential race closely, state disputes have been all but ignored. Not by us. Here at The Brazilian...
Bolsa Família

Power Oct 26, 2018

How Bolsa Família really impacts Brazilian elections

One of the main topics of discussion in the past four presidential elections has been Bolsa Família, the conditional cash-transfer program created in 2003...

Opinion Oct 26, 2018

Why does the Brazilian media normalize the extreme right?

There has been no shortage of international media outlets calling Jair Bolsonaro, the frontrunner in Brazil’s presidential race, a far-right candidate. From Britain’s The...
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Power Oct 25, 2018

Bolsonaro’s victory is likely to see Brazil scale down Africa interests

His first son is a senator for the state of Rio do Janeiro. His second son a city councilor in Rio, and his third is a...
WhatsApp scandal leaves a dent in Jair Bolsonaro 's campaign

Power Oct 25, 2018

WhatsApp scandal leaves a dent in Jair Bolsonaro’s campaign

After the first couple of weeks of the runoff stage, it seemed that nothing would be able to curb Jair Bolsonaro ‘s momentum. His...
It's not just WhatsApp: Brazil's far-right grows on Gab

Power Oct 24, 2018

It’s not just WhatsApp: Brazil’s far-right grows on Gab

The consensus is that the Brazilian 2018 election was run by social media. The frontrunner – and probable winner – Jair Bolsonaro has campaigned...
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