January 1, 2015

CAN'T BUCK THE eND OF hISTORY:

Conservative about-face for Brazil's Rousseff (Deutsche-Welle, 1/01/15)

On January 1, 2015, the 67-year-old politician's new term begins as the country's leader, though the spirit of optimism that surrounded her first tenure has faded into sober pragmatism. [...]

"Rousseff's second tenure is starting off with austerity measures, which will automatically cause a decrease of investment in social programs," said Luis Felipe Miguel, professor of political science at the University of Brasilia. "The miracle is over."

The PT has been successful in terms of social and business politics, but "these policies will not longer pan out," Miguel added.

Rousseff has much less political leeway in her second term than in her first. "The Workers' Party and the left lost power in the last election," Miguel said, adding that the president is now dependent on her conservative coalition partners to receive the necessary majorities in congress.

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