Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) starts this Thursday (11) an international trip to meet political and social leaders in four European countries.
In Germany, Belgium, France and Spain, the PT will have commitments and maintain dialogues on the world scene and Latin America. See the arrival dates in each of the countries:
Germany: November 11, 2021;
Belgium: November 15, 2021;
France: November 16, 2021;
Spain: November 18, 2021.
The former head of the Federal Executive and likely PT candidate in the 2022 elections starts the agenda in Germany. In the capital, Berlin, Lula will meet with Martin Schulz, former leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) of Germany and former president of the European Parliament.
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In Belgium, the former president will participate in a debate in the European Parliament and will have meetings with social democratic leaders.
Afterwards, Lula will participate in a conference on Brazil at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (Sciences Po), in France. The conference takes place ten years after Lula was the first Latin American leader to receive the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the institution.
On the 17th, Lula will receive the Political Courage 2021 award, given by the Politique Internationale magazine for his administration “marked by the desire to promote equality” in the Presidency of the Republic.
Also in Paris, Lula will meet with mayor Anne Hidalgo. In Spain, the former president will participate in a conference and meet with political leaders.
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Counterpoint to Bolsonaro
Lula’s trip takes place less than a fortnight after Bolsonaro had just two bilateral meetings during the G20. The current head of the Palácio do Planalto had only two bilateral meetings, a number four times smaller than Bolsonaro had at the last in-person summit of the G20, in 2019.
The international discredit of Bolsonaro will be one of the themes that Lula will explore in the meetings. The current head of the Executive has faced increasing resistance from other leaders and heads of state.
Edition: Vinícius Segalla