Opinion: Brazil as a Serious Country, Part Três

The Brazilian Congress has long been controlled by a small number of major parties — PT, PMDB, PSDB, DEM and PP — that have persuaded a large number of minor parties to side with them.

Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A month ago, the Curmudgeon wrote about a sweeping proposal to reform the French political system, made by France’s newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron. In France, the success of that reform will depend upon the National Assembly, whose 577 members were elected this weekend.

Among the proposals are two that are currently being debated in Brazil’s National Congress — the reformation of labor laws and the reform of the pension system. There, as here, these are highly controversial topics, because they seek to modify long-established policies designed to protect workers . . .

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