RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - "Stress test". This is the term foreign diplomats have used to describe the situation of Brazilian democracy. The events of recent days have raised international alerts about a potential institutional crisis in the country, as governments seek to know if the political gestures made by the President represent a real risk of democratic breakdown.
On Tuesday, March 30, Edson Leal Pujol (Army), Ilques Barbosa (Navy), and Antônio Carlos Bermudez (Air Force) resigned their posts, one day after the dismissal of Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva. The message was clear: the military is not willing . . .