RIO DE JANEIRO — The bottom seems to have fallen out of Brazil’s economy, with the government reporting Friday that the gross domestic product plunged 1.9 percent in the second quarter alone, once again throwing the nation into a technical recession.
It’s more bad news for President Dilma Rousseff, who is fighting for her political life. Two-thirds of Brazilians polled say they want to see her impeached because of a massive corruption scandal and what is widely perceived as mishandling of the economy. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Brasilia (dpa-AFX) – Brazil will follow Germany and the other G-7 countries with the aim of completely get out by the end of the century from the use of coal, oil and gas. This is clear from the draft climate statement at the first German-Brazilian intergovernmental consultations. The draft is before the German Press Agency. “The environmental statement is a big step forward,” it said in German government circles on the sidelines of the meeting on Thursday in Brasília. For the first time, a G20 member confess outside the G7 to exit this goal. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
SAO PAULO: Brazilians took to the streets of cities and towns across the country on Sunday for anti-government protests being watched as a barometer of discontent with the increasingly unpopular President Dilma Rousseff.
Called mostly by activist groups via social media, the demonstrations assailed Rousseff, whose standing in the polls has plunged amid a snowballing corruption scandal that has embroiled politicians from her Workers’ Party as well as a sputtering economy, a weakening currency and rising inflation. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Brazilian passports of citizens who were born in Jerusalem will no longer name Israel as country of birth, the foreign ministry in Brasilia decided.
The decision to omit Israel from such documents was taken last year, the Brazilian embassy in Tel Aviv told the Folha de Sao Paulo daily, which published an article on the subject on Thursday. ∞∞∞∞∞ SEE MORE ∞∞∞∞∞