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Aug 30, 2015

Brazil’s crafty Senate boss helps keep Rousseff afloat

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Renan Calheiros took an Air Force jet to get hair implants and was accused of letting a lobbyist pay child support to a journalist he had an affair and a child with.

Either episode would have derailed many politicians but corruption allegations have not kept Calheiros, the 59-year-old president of Brazil’s Senate, from making himself a go-to partner in the chaotic dance of Brazilian politics.

Aug 21, 2015

McDonald’s grilled over labor, tax practices at Brazil hearing

BRASILIA, Aug 17 (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp, the
world’s biggest fast-food chain, was accused of mistreating its
employees and dodging taxes on Thursday during a Senate hearing
in Brazil, where politicians, union leaders and workers from
five continents voiced allegations.

McDonald’s has come under increasing scrutiny worldwide for
allegations of labor abuses, health and safety violations, plus
tax evasion in Europe, and Brazilian Senator Pablo Paim called a
hearing to allow both sides to make their cases.

Aug 20, 2015

Brazil’s lower house speaker Cunha charged in corruption probe

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress was charged by prosecutors with corruption and money laundering on Thursday, becoming the first sitting politician to be charged

in a burgeoning kickback and bribery scandal.

Eduardo Cunha, a member of Brazil’s largest political party, was accused of taking a $5 million bribe related to contracts for two drillships built for state-run oil company Petrobras, the focus of the country’s biggest-ever corruption scandal.

Aug 20, 2015

Germany and Brazil join forces on climate change action

BRASILIA, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Germany and Brazil committed on
Thursday to a joint stance on climate change, a move that puts
the largest economies in Europe and Latin America on the same
page ahead of global climate talks in Paris in December.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Dilma
Rousseff focused mainly on environmental cooperation during a
24-hour visit by the German leader that was also aimed at
boosting trade and investment in Brazil’s stagnant economy.

Aug 19, 2015

Brazil’s Rousseff suffers fiscal setbacks in Congress

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s Senate put off a vote on a key austerity bill on Tuesday and the lower house of Congress voted to increase the cost of a workers severance fund, two setbacks for President Dilma Rousseff’s efforts to fight a gaping fiscal deficit.

A bill rolling back payroll tax breaks was delayed by negotiations to avoid changes that would require its return to the lower house of Congress where Speaker Eduardo Cunha has obstructed government proposals since defecting to the opposition last month, senators said.

Aug 11, 2015

Brazil’s VP holding fort for unpopular Rousseff

BRASILIA, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Vice President Michel Temer is
increasingly seen as the man who could lead Brazil out of
political crisis if President Dilma Rousseff is forced from
office, but people who know him say he will do all he can to see
her serve out her term.

Even members of Temer’s PMDB party who want Rousseff to step
down say Temer, a seasoned politician and discreet, soft-spoken
constitutional law expert, will hold the fort for Rousseff as
long as long as he can.

Aug 6, 2015

Allies of Brazil’s Rousseff see leadership vacuum as economy sinks

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Allies of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff have turned to her opponents to talk about filling what they see as a damaging leadership vacuum after losing confidence in her ability to pull the country out of an economic tailspin, party insiders said on Thursday.

Two parties broke ranks with Rousseff’s governing coalition on Wednesday night, fueling a lopsided defeat on a lower chamber bill raising salaries for police officers, prosecutors and government attorneys. Even Rousseff’s own Workers’ Party voted for the spending bill.

Aug 6, 2015

Brazil tax amnesty plan may struggle to lure back offshore assets

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Desperate to fix a
fiscal crunch threatening its investment grade credit rating,
Brazil is aiming to lure back some of an estimated $150 billion
in unreported assets held abroad in tax havens and secret bank
accounts.

The cash-strapped government is looking to raise 10 billion
reais ($3 billion) this year by offering an amnesty from
prosecution to Brazilians who have unreported assets outside the
country.

Jul 27, 2015

Brazil’s biggest party sticks with unpopular Rousseff – for now

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s largest party is standing by deeply unpopular President Dilma Rousseff for now despite the defection of one of its own leaders, but that could change if an expected recession stirs up social unrest, party leaders say.

Rousseff is struggling to save her presidency amid the worst economic downturn in 25 years and a political crisis set off by a massive kickback scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras implicating dozens of politicians from her coalition.

Jul 21, 2015

More Brazilians want president Rousseff impeached, poll shows

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s popularity slumped to a new low and support for her impeachment grew amid a deepening corruption scandal and a severe economic downturn, according to an opinion poll published on Tuesday.

The numbers are another blow for Rousseff, who is facing criticism from within her own leftist Workers’ Party over fiscal austerity measures she has adopted to try to save Brazil’s prized investment grade.