For Kennedy Alencar, columnist for UOL, the trip by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) was a “political goal” by the former president, who showed a capacity for dialogue and political articulation on the international stage better than president Jair Bolsonaro (no party).
“The trip will pay political dividends for him (Lula), which shows that the Car Wash, which imprisoned him for 580 days, failed to destroy his international image,” Kennedy told UOL News, program of UOL Channel.
For the columnist, “there is no comparison” between Lula’s and Bolsonaro’s trips — while, in recent days, the former president was in Europe, the current occupant of Planalto Palace was visiting countries in the Middle East.
Today, Lula was received by the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez. At the time, according to the former president, both talked about how to face the advance of the extreme right – as in Bolsonaro’s own case – in the world.
The meeting with the prime minister is the last of those made by Lula in Europe. Last Wednesday (17), the PT was received with the honors of head of state by the president of France, Emmanuel Macron. Earlier, he had already met with the future German chancellor, Olaf Scholz.
“People may or may not like Lula, but the trip he took shows that he is respected. He was treated as a head of state, a statesman,” pointed out Kennedy Alencar.
For him, the former president showed that he can be someone capable of unlocking the negotiations of the agreement between the EU (European Union) and Mercosur (Common Market of the South), since he has shown that he has good contact with important leaders of the European bloc.
“The Bolsonaro government did not know how to carry out the negotiation and is still with this destructive environmental policy – and, then, France, Germany and Spain blocked the agreement”, explained the columnist.
The agreement faces criticism especially from the French government and MEPs linked to environmental banners, because of deforestation in the Amazon, but also from agricultural sectors on the continent, who fear competing with Brazilian agribusiness.