Brasilia Riots Damage Brazil’s Reputation Abroad, but Less so in Latin America
Favorable views of Brazil declined an average of 2 percentage points and unfavorable views rose an average of 5 points among adults in 15 democracies worldwide following the attacks on the federal complex in Brasilia — but the damage is much worse outside Latin America. Favorable views of Brazil actually rose in Peru and Chile, and didn’t budge in Argentina and Mexico. Read more about how the rest of the world reacted to the attack in my latest: Brazil’s Reputation Suffers Little in Latin America Following Brasilia Riots
Today’s Top News
Germany and France endorsed an E.U. effort to simplify subsidy rules and provide additional aid to specific economic sectors, proposals aimed at helping economies in the bloc compete with U.S. subsidies passed as part of the Inflation Reduction Act. (The Wall Street Journal) The stage seems set for some trade tension nonetheless as U.S. states including Michigan, Georgia and Ohio have sent delegations to Europe in an attempt to lure companies across the Atlantic, touting the U.S. subsidies in question. (Financial Times)
The Ukrainian government dismissed several top officials, including Deputy Defense Minister Viacheslav Shapovalov, amid an expanding corruption scandal. The firings came hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said government officials would be prohibited from traveling abroad for vacation or any other unofficial purpose, a move that appeared to reflect Zelenskyy’s goal of reassuring Western allies that he is tackling graft. (The New York Times)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sweden “can no longer expect any charity from us regarding their NATO membership application” following a protest in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm at which a copy of the Quran was burned. (The Associated Press) The evolving rift is serious enough that Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said Helsinki may seek to join NATO alone “if it turns out that Sweden’s application is stalling,” despite previous commitments to join the alliance in tandem. (The Associated Press)
Bulgaria will hold another parliamentary election — its fifth in two years — after the Socialist Party on Tuesday announced that it had failed to form a government and had returned the unfulfilled mandate to the country’s president.
The US and Israel launched their largest joint military exercise ever on Monday, sending a clear signal to Iran and underscoring the strength of their alliance despite concerns over the composition of the new Israeli government which includes ultra-nationalist and ultra-religious parties.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has marked the opening of a $1.5 billion, Chinese-funded deep seaport in the commercial hub of Lagos that authorities hope will help grow the West African nation’s ailing economy.
An Israeli group raising funds for Jewish extremists convicted in some of the country’s most notorious hate crimes is collecting tax-exempt donations from Americans, according to findings by The Associated Press and the Israeli investigative platform Shomrim.