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19 March 2021

Lula, Bolsonaro and a third way for Brazil

Roberto Mangabeira Unger joins Jeremy Cliffe and Emily Tamkin on the World Review podcast

Brazil is in the midst of a major health crisis. Covid-19 deaths have reached record highs as intensive care units have run out of capacity.

President Jair Bolsonaro has come under intense criticism for his handling of the pandemic, having consistently opposed widespread lockdowns.

Against this backdrop, Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known as Lula, has relaunched himself on to the political scene after the country’s supreme court annulled his corruption convictions.

On this episode of the World Review podcast, Jeremy Cliffe and Emily Tamkin are joined by the Brazilian philosopher Roberto Mangabeira Unger, who served as minister of strategic affairs in the Lula administration, to discuss whether the former president can unseat the populist incumbent, and what the future might look like for Brazil.

Further reading

In his cover story for the New Statesman, Roberto Mangabeira Unger argues that having left the EU, the United Kingdom must embark on a national programme of self-renewal.

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Nick Burns explores how Lula da Silva has shaken Jair Bolsonaro’s grip on Brazil.

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