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Crisis Diminishes Brazil's Authority in Global Summit
07/07/2017 - 09h54
SPECIAL ENVOY TO HAMBURG
Brazilian president Michel Temer, who canceled his trip to the G20 summit and then uncanceled, arrives in Germany on Friday (the 7th) and runs the risk of attending without being noticed.
Temer only made the decision to go on Monday (the 3rd), and the back and forth has led to a complete absence of bilateral meetings with other international leaders. The president most likely will not get together with German chancellor Angela Merkel, despite having originally made plans to do so.
The official program handed out to the press still features finance minister Henrique Meirelles as chief of the Brazil delegation, and not Mr. Temer.
Before the final travel arrangements were made, it had been decided that Mr. Meirelles would replace the president. The online program was updated.
The administration's hesitance is tied to the political crisis in Brazil. Mr. Temer's arrival in Hamburg will coincide with negotiations to try to bar investigations into the corruption charges the president is facing.
Despite having been maintained, the visit will most likely be shorter than originally planned. Temer will board his plane to Brasília on Saturday (the 8th), early afternoon, meaning he won't be able to attend the final G20 events later that day.
Translated by THOMAS MATHEWSON
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