Greece seems to be on the road to recovery - the fascist Golden Dawn party has been suppressed, the recent Greek bond placement was a success, and the erosion of its GDP is slowing. However, in the light of Baltakos-Gate, a scandal surrounding a high-powered Greek politician, and two studies published by Amnesty International, it appears that the judicial and policing systems are rife with corruption. Zander Abranowicz examines the allegations.
Demetri Papageorgiou illuminates the uncomfortable parallel between the 1960s Brazilian dictatorship's tactics of social control and those employed by the current Brazilian government in an effort to "sanitize" Brazil's streets in preparation for this summer's World Cup. With economic policy and national reputation once again at stake, President Rousseff toes an unexpectedly narrow line between democracy and authoritarianism.