News Overview 2014

Brazil–Europe: a Relationship of Equals?

Brazil–Europe: a Relationship of Equals?
15th Stuttgart Schlossgespräch on April 3, 2014, at the New Palace in Stuttgart

What does Brazil stand for? For samba, soccer, caipirinha, and Havaianas – better known around the world as flip-flops. It is an enormous country with around 200 million inhabitants, rich in natural resources and with a passion for life, but also home to poverty and crime. The third world!

This is not only the view of many Europeans, as most Brazilians would also agree. However, at the same time Brazil has experienced an economic and political upsurge in recent years. As the sixth-largest economy in the world, the country can carry itself more confidently on the international stage. Two major sporting events – the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games – will put Brazil even more in the spotlight.

Brazil’s development, foreign policy, and objectives were the subject of the Stuttgarter Schlossgespräch entitled Brazil–Europe: A Relationship of Equals? The series of discussions was organized by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Moderator Thomas Fischermann, head of the South American office of Die Zeit, led the discussion with Professor Cristina Soreanu Pecequilo from the Federal University of São Paulo, Professor Emir Sader from the Laboratory of Public Policy at Rio de Janeiro State University, and Dr. Peter Birle from the Ibero-American Institute in Berlin.


Dr. Peter Birle from the Ibero-American Institute in Berlin on Brazil’s self-image in global politics and Brazilian pragmatism.