Ambrose Evans-Pritchard – Telegraph, 04/15/2012
The Latin Tiger may have overtaken France, Italy, and Britain to become the world’s fifth largest economy on some measures but it has also been relegated to 126th place by the World Bank for ‘ease of doing business’, behind much of Africa. Cyclical warning signs are flashing amber across the board.
It is far from clear whether this 195m-strong cub of the BRICs quartet has broken out of the “middle income trap” after half a century of tantalizing efforts, each dashed by events.
Has Brazil’s profile been flattered once again by a resource boom, this time juiced by exports of iron-ore and soya to China, and a property bubble of Irish proportions?