Lula’s Fraught South America Summit

By Oliver Stuenkel

Brazil's effort to restart regional dialogue is good news. The challenge will be to keep it going once the second pink tide starts to ebb.

SÃO PAULO — When President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva welcomes South American heads of state for a "retreat" in Brasília on May 30, his first challenge will be to cheer up the participants: Virtually all the presidents face enormous domestic problems and several are fighting for their political survival. The host himself is facing fierce opposition that complicates his life in Congress as well as Western backlash over his controversial stance on the war in Ukraine. Here is where the invitees are at: In Ecuador, embattled President Guillermo Lasso won't even stand for reelection in...

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