This report presents an overview of the public debate around the relationship between Brazil and Germany, focusing on understanding how this relationship is perceived for both countries. The information compiled here is based on a multi-platform analysis performed by FGV Comunicação Rio, taking into account publications and messages on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Telegram. The study begins by outlining the trends and characteristics of the general debate on the topic during the beginning of the Lula administration, that is, the period between January 1st and June 14, 2023. Subsequently, in order to provide more detail on the digital public debate, the analysis focused on specific events and elements: the visit of the German Minister for Foreign Affairs, Annalena Baerbock, to Brazil; the meetings between Lula and the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz; and diplomatic aspects of the relationship between the two countries, expressed in topics such as the environmental agenda and the war between Russia and Ukraine.
Brazil-Germany relations; Environmental agenda; War in Ukraine
Summary of Results
- The digital debate about the relationship between Brazil and Germany has followed and reflected events and diplomatic situations involving the two countries, particularly the donation made by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to the Amazon Fund, and the declaration of support made by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Lula in an event in Brazil.
While the visit of the German Minister for Foreign Affairs, Annalena Baerbock, had a lower level of engagement compared to the events mentioned above, it also mobilized actors from different political fields on the networks.
- The relationship between Brazil and Germany is discussed mostly on Twitter, with a less significant presence on Facebook, Instagram and Telegram. The cooperation between the two countries is seen mostly as positive, except in the discussion on Telegram.
- The environmental agenda is a positive highlight among the perceptions raised regarding this relationship. In this context, the left wing is almost unanimous in arguing that the cooperation between Brazil and Germany could be beneficial for advancing the environmental agenda in Brazil.
- In turn, the war between Russia and Ukraine is perceived in the opposite way. The topic is exploited by the opposition to claim there are disagreements between Brazil and Germany. Part of the left has also criticized the relationship, showing dissatisfaction regarding Baerbock’s statements during a visit to Brazil.