One day after the leftwing Guardian newspaper put all the blame for Brazil’s current economic woes squarely with current President Temer (see our related coverage), the former leader of the German socialist party and the former head of the socialist party in the EU Parliament, the very powerful EU politician Mr Martin Schulz, made a controversial visit to former President Lula Da Silva in prison, a move seen by many in the European press as interfering in Brazilian politics.
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Mr Schulz was asked the question upon his arrival immediately. He answered: "No power in the world can prevent me from telling a man who I have known for many years and who I trust: I believe you. I encountered a very brave and fierce man today."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Brazil?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Brazil</a>'s jailed ex-president Lula da Silva (<a href="https://twitter.com/LulaOficial?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LulaOficial</a>) is campaigning from his prison cell. <a href="https://twitter.com/MartinSchulz?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MartinSchulz</a>, the former head of Germany's Social Democrats <a href="https://twitter.com/spdde?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@spdde</a>, paid him a visit. <br>DW's <a href="https://twitter.com/CarolinaChimoy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CarolinaChimoy</a> asked Schulz: Are you meddling in a political campaign in Brazil? <a href="https://t.co/YCSmvUBDJX">pic.twitter.com/YCSmvUBDJX</a></p>— DW Politics (@dw_politics) <a href="https://twitter.com/dw_politics/status/1035474092907028480?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 31, 2018</a></blockquote>
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According to popular German opinion, the current incumbent Mr Michel Temer leads a "criminal organization"; his predecessor Dilma Rousseff was impeached in 2016; and the most popular politician, Mr Lula da Silva, is serving a 12-year jail sentence for corruption.
Mr Schulz claims there is nothing peculiar about his visit, saying it was planned long ago. He also stated that Brazil’s election is of "global importance."
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The German interviewer of the ‘Die Welt’ newspaper directly asked Mr Schulz: “Do you think the judicial system in Brazil is being used for political goals?”
Mr Schulz responded: “Difficult for me to come to a conclusion, but some of the behaviors and some of the acting parts on one hand of the attorneys, or on the other hand of the judges, leads for me to the conclusion that in this specific case, to accuse a former president of a country to be corrupt… I mean one of the preconditions for a fair trial is the complete neutrality of the justice and my feeling is that this is not always one hundred percent assured.”
“But this is only a feeling, I have no evidence.”
It is widely expected that Brazil's electoral commission will throw out Lula's candidacy on the grounds that the law does not allow people with criminal records to run for president. The decision has to be announced by September 17 at the latest.
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