Lula’s Unforced Errors Are Taking a Toll on the World’s Goodwill

By Oliver Stuenkel

Brazil’s president has restored his country’s international reputation, but his provocative gestures are bedeviling progress on his top goals.

SÃO PAULO — In early 2022, with little more than eight months to go before Brazil’s presidential elections, Jair Bolsonaro made a rather unusual request to his foreign minister, Carlos França. Bolsonaro's opponent, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, was being fêted across European capitals and received a statesman-like reception in Madrid and Paris, promising Brazilian voters he would overcome the country's diplomatic isolation under Bolsonaro. Eager not to let Lula's argument stand, Bolsonaro asked França to organize bilateral meetings with international leaders, preferably in the...

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