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Bahia tragedy turned into political controversy



posted 12/31/2021 at 06:00

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The tragedy of rains in Bahia, which until yesterday killed 25 people, injured more than 500 and left about 37,000 people homeless, left the humanitarian sphere and turned into a new point of conflict between the subjects of the Federation and the federal government. From R $ 200 million in aid deemed insufficient, to President Jair Bolsonaro’s hiatus on the Santa Catarina coast between jet ski rides, a trip to an amusement park and a visit to one of his supporter’s Luciano Hang stores, the destruction of the state sparked a fire in the Brazilian political scene, already shaken enough. Temperatures rose further as the Brazilian government refused to offer Argentina to send Cascos Blancos, a White Helmets rescue group, to work in regions of Bahia affected by heavy rains.

The rejection, announced last Wednesday by the Foreign Ministry, sparked a new round of criticism of Bolsonaro – to the point where Itamarati and the president went on social media yesterday to say they thanked the Argentine proposal and would accept help if needed. … According to the MRE, the situation in Bahia “is facing the internal mobilization of all necessary financial and human resources.”


However, this did not diminish the hostility towards the position of the federal government. Senator Randolph Rodriguez (Rede-AP) sent a subpoena from Chancellor Carlos France to explain the reasons for Argentina’s refusal to help. Bahia Governor Rui Costa tweeted that “despite the refusal of the federal government, he will immediately accept, without resorting to Brazilian diplomacy, any help.”

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Bolsonaro, however, was countered by Costa. On air last night, he said that any humanitarian aid from another country must be approved by the federal government.

Argentina’s ambassador to Brazil, Daniel Schioli, realized that the episode had sparked a political confrontation and helped lower the temperature. The Brazilian government’s response to Casa Rosada’s proposal is skewed, he said. “The authorities just thanked them and said they would accept the offer if necessary,” he explained.

No restrictions

According to Maristela Basso, professor of international law at the University of São Paulo School of Law (USP), the Governor of Bahia has no restrictions on Argentina’s proposal.

“From the point of view of international relations, the governor simply cannot provide cash loans without the permission of the federal executive branch. Receiving donations and aid is an ethical imperative for both recipients and donors, ”he said.

Constitutionalist Vera Chemim stressed that the autonomy of Rui Costa in decision-making is guaranteed by the Constitution. And that the state is obliged to guarantee such rights as health, safety and life. “There is no doubt that help from another country should in any case be accepted, despite any feelings of a politico-ideological nature,” he said.

Vinicius do Valle, PhD in Political Science from the University of São Paulo (USP), sees a clear ideological response to Argentina’s proposal. “Argentina is governed by a center-left president (Alberto Fernandez) who recently hosted former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. It is clear that there is an attempt not to cooperate with the Argentine government for ideological reasons. But by not accepting help, the federal government is not helping either, ”he said.

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The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario



The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario

Yesterday, financial agents evaluated the opposite decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) regarding the so-called secret budget. In addition, a decision was made by STF Minister Gilmar Méndez to issue an injunction that would exclude the Bolsa Família from the spending cap rule, with investors trying to understand how this measure would affect the processing of the transitional PEC in the Chamber of Deputies. Oh this PEC!!!!

Since he is an exchange investor, any reading that the budget will be exceeded or become more flexible will negatively affect the exchange market, whether through the PEC or in any other way. We will continue with volatility today.

Looking beyond, the US Central Bank (Fed), although slowing down the pace of monetary tightening at its December meeting, issued a tougher-than-expected statement warning that its fight against inflation was not yet over, raising fears that rising US interest rates will push the world’s largest economy into recession.

The currency market continues to react to political news. The voting on the PEC is saved for today. It is expected that it will indeed be reviewed to open the way tomorrow for discussions on the 2023 budget.

Yesterday, the spot price closed the selling day at R$5.3103.

For today on the calendar we will have an index of consumer confidence in the eurozone. Good luck and good luck in business!!

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Andrés Sánchez consults with the Ministry of Sports, but refuses a political post.



The former president of the Corinthians dreams of working for the CBF as a national team coordinator. He was consulted shortly after Lula’s election.

Former Corinthians president Andrés Sánchez was advised to take a position in the Ministry of Sports under the administration of Lula (PT). However, he ruled out a return to politics. dreams of taking over the coordination of CBF selectionHow do you know PURPOSE.

No formal invitation was made to the former Corinthian representative, only a consultation on a portfolio opportunity with the new federal government, which will be sworn in on January 1, 2023.

Andrés was the Federal MP for São Paulo from 2015 to 2019. At that time he was elected by the Workers’ Party. However, the football manager begs to stay in the sport, ruling out the possibility of getting involved in politics again.

Andrés Sanchez’s desire is to fill the position of CBF tackle coordinator, which should become vacant after the 2022 World Cup. Juninho Paulista fulfills this function in Brazil’s top football institution.

The former president of Corinthians was in Qatar to follow the World Cup along with other figures in Brazilian football. During his time in the country, he strengthened his ties with the top leadership of the CBF.

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The EU has reached a political agreement on limiting gas prices – 19.12.2022



Germany sentenced Russian to life imprisonment for political murder by order of Moscow - 12/15/2021
BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 19 (ANSA). European Union countries reached a political agreement on Monday (19) to impose a natural gas price ceiling of 180 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). The main sources of income for Russia and the minimization of the use of energy as a weapon by the regime of Vladimir Putin.

The agreement was approved by a supermajority at a ministerial meeting of member states in Brussels, Belgium, after months of discussions about the best way to contain the rise in natural gas prices in the bloc caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .

The value set by the countries is well below the proposal made by the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, in November: 275 EUR/MWh. However, the countries leading the cap campaign were in favor of an even lower limit, around 100 EUR/MWh.

Germany, always wary of price controls, voted in favor of 180 euros, while Austria and the Netherlands, also skeptical of the cap, abstained. Hungary, the most pro-Russian country in the EU, voted against.

The instrument will enter into force on 15 February, but only if natural gas prices on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange exceed 180 euros/MWh for three consecutive days. In addition, the difference compared to a number of global benchmarks should be more than 35 euros.

Italy, the EU’s biggest supporter of the ceiling, has claimed responsibility for the measure. “This is a victory for Italy, which believed and worked for us to reach this agreement,” Environment and Energy Minister Gilberto Picetto tweeted.

“This is a victory for Italian and European citizens who demand energy security,” he added.

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Currently, the gas price in Amsterdam is around 110 EUR/MWh, which is already a reflection of the agreement in Brussels – in August the figure even broke the barrier of 340 EUR/MWh.

However, Russia has already threatened to stop exports to countries that adhere to the ceiling. (ANSA).

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