On my previous trip to Brazil in 2013, the optimism was still great in the population. I therefore went so far as to write a "gringoistic manifesto" in which I, together with Cornelius Jakhelln, claimed that Europe was now inferior to its former colonies. Brazil, we wrote, was the new "Middle Kingdom»: a central global player with a large, new middle class.
It was an excessive provocation, but not only. Over the last ten years, the ruling Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) has managed to enable a class journey for 30 million people, from the underclass to the middle class. Economic growth had always been positive since 2010, at between approx. . .