Lula’s new government

Prospects for Brazilian foreign policy and relations with the EU

Policy Brief


This policy brief examines Brazil’s foreign policy under the third presidency of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, focusing on the potential for enhancing relations between Brazil and the EU, particularly in the areas of climate change, sustainable development and energy transition. 

Additionally, the brief addresses the domestic challenges faced by Lula’s government that could impact the implementation of Brazil’s foreign policy, including fiscal constraints, threats to democracy, and the need to rebuild key federal institutions that were dismantled by the previous government of Jair Bolsonaro.

Furthermore, it highlights the changing global context, such as geopolitical rivalries, the war in Ukraine and the crisis of global governance, and their impact on Brazil’s role in the world and its relations with the EU.

The policy brief concludes with recommendations to enhance a mutually beneficial cooperation between Brazil and the EU.

The policy brief is also available in Portuguese.

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