Brasseillekin oma ketju, ja valitettavasti lähdetään huonoilla uutisilla liikkeelle... Brasilian talous supistui 3.8% viime vuonna Brazil's GDP fared worse than almost any other major economy in 2015, contracting by 3.8%, according to the national statistics agency IBGE. Economic growth in the world's seventh-largest economy has fallen sharply in recent months. This was due partly to low commodity prices and sluggish global growth. But political paralysis has hampered Brazil's efforts to tackle its economic problems, including a budget deficit that has reached 10.8% of GDP. President Dilma Rousseff is trying to head off the opposition's efforts to impeach her over alleged accounting irregularities, which means she cannot afford to alienate supporters in her Workers' Party by cutting spending or raising taxes. Investigations are also continuing into a high-level bribery and corruption scandal involving major construction projects. Ms Rousseff's predecessor as president, fellow Workers' Party politician Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is one of the people under investigation. ------------------------------------------- Viime vuosikymmenen lopulla erittäin vahvalta näyttänyt BRIC-blokki sakkaa, viime aikoina ainoastaan Intiasta on tullut hyviä talousuutisia.