We scrutinise the role of the Public Ministry and the Federal Audit Court, whose efforts to ensure transparency may be overstepping the mark.
Several explanations for the president’s record approval ratings have been put forward by local commentators.
Local commentators debate Moody’s decision to cut ratings on two public banks, a move that highlights concerns about the recent stimulus strategy.
The government’s proposal for a new public fund to finance infrastructure has deservedly received a hostile reception from local commentators.
The battle over the port law is intensifying.
As expected, congress has voted overwhelmingly to reject a presidential veto, and to distribute royalties from existing oil concessions more equally between states.
Unions oppose liberalisation plan, bringing some ports to a halt.
The development bank has invested in tax-exempt debentures, yet there is little detail in its plans to increase financing for the overall package of transport projects.
Partisan political exchanges have led some commentators to conclude that president Dilma Rousseff is posing as a nationalist, rather than a technocrat.
There is little evidence of a generalised rise in crime, although attacks in São Paulo – and the displacement of gangs to the north-east – present serious challenges to the authorities.