July 8th, 2019.
The Brazilian national soccer team has won the Copa America championship for the ninth time. Playing at the mythical Maracanã stadium, under the eyes of president Jair Bolsonaro and members of his cabinet, the home team had to play a match tougher than expected against Peru in order to raise the trophy. Economy minister Paulo Guedes, who attended the match, said he hoped to get the long-awaited social security reform approved after the Copa America victory. In Greece, conservatives may return to power after years of left-wing government; the New Democracy candidate, favorite to win the elections, is committed to reducing taxes and creating new jobs. Self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó said he is ready to resume talks with dictator Nicolás Maduro’s government in order to solve the political situation in the country; a meeting in Barbados has already been scheduled. Finally, the Portuguese island of Madeira, in the Atlantic Ocean, has received the award of “Best Insular Destination” by the World Travel Awards.
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Brazil wins Copa America for the ninth time after a twelve-year hiatus
The Brazilian national soccer team has beaten Peru by three goals to one at the legendary Maracanã stadium, and won the Copa America after a twelve-year hiatus, for the ninth time in its history, confirming the tradition of always conquering the championship on home soil. Several members of Jair Bolsonaro cabinet were present, such as Justice minister Sergio Moro and Economy minister Paulo Guedes. Few believed the opponents, Peru, could pose a real threat to the five-time World Cup champions, but the match was not easy and the aggressive stance of the visiting team, allied with the lack of impetus of the home team and its apparent immaturity – star striker Gabriel Jesus, one of the team’s stars, after lackluster performances in previous championships, was given the red card after unnecessary fouls – proved them worthy rivals.
Paulo Guedes hopes to approve social security reform after Copa America win
The Economy minister attended the Copa America final along with Justice and Public Safety minister Sergio Moro and Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. They were all portrayed by the media effusively celebrating Brazil national team’s goal and its eventual victory, and Bolsonaro was even called to the field in order to salute players and pose with them holding the trophy. Paulo Guedes was interviewed and said that he hopes the long-awaited social security reform will be approved by Congress in the following days.
Conservatives defeat left and return to power in Greece
The center-right New Democracy party is about to ensure an absolute majority in the Greek parliament after the elections held in that country on Sunday. After 80 percent of ballots counted, current prime minister Alexis Tsipras, a member of the left-wing Syriza party, has obtained 31.6 percent of votes. Tsipras became notorious for standing up against the European Union austerity plan designed for Greece, led by Germany, but was forced to back down and eventually adopt such measures. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, New Democracy leader and likely next prime minister, expressed his commitment to reducing taxes and creating more jobs.
Guaidó will resume talks with Maduro’s regime
Representatives of Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro and the opposition, led by self-proclaimed president Juan Guaidó, will meet soon on the Caribbean island of Barbados in order to provide some continuity to the dialogue that began last month in Norway. The information was announced on Sunday and later confirmed by Guaidó himself. The Venezuelan opposition will also receive in Caracas a special representative for the European Union, “as a part of the international offensive we have been conducting.” The Norwegian Foreign Affair minister and Maduro’s Communication minister confirmed the meeting.
Madeira is recognized for the sixth time as Europe’s best island
The Portuguese island of Madeira has received the 2019 award of “Best Insular Destination,” a prize granted by the World Travel Awards. The island itself was chosen to host the gala award ceremony, held at the luxurious Belmond Reid’s Palace, in Funchal, capital of the island. This was the sixth time the Portuguese island has been recognized in this category. With an exuberant nature and a pleasant climate all year round, Madeira is known for its tourist infrastructure, with five-star hotels and world-renowned restaurants.