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The great escape

When trouble is brewing at home and there is little sign of it subsiding, we might all benefit from taking a leaf out of the Brazilian president's book

7 August 2015

Brazil's president, Dilma Rouseff, has been busy travelling these last few months. First it was Mexico in May, then the US in June, and then at the end of July, Russia. It must have been a welcome escape from troubles at home.

As important as each visit was, President Rousseff can be forgiven for concentrating her mind on the tortuous tangle of domestic problems confronting her. Depending on which economist you ask, the economy has slipped into recession while unemployment, inflation and consumer debt are on the rise.

A real body blow, however, came with the corruption investigations into Petrobras, the state-owned oil company, which the president was chairwoman of between 2003 and 2010. Investigators with Brazil's Finance Ministry have said that over $17bn is suspected of having been connected with skulduggery at Petrobras.

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