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Europe the “most desired strategic partner” of Latinamerica, according to Spanish report

The European Union is the “most desired strategic partner” of Latinamerica, although with different intensity, according to a report from the International Prospective Institute, IPI, released on Monday in Madrid and ahead of the coming EU/CELAC summit in Santiago de Chile.

Sebastian Piñera will be hosting the two-day summit in Santiago

Uruguay President Mujica as chair of Mercosur has confirmed attendance

CELAC stands for Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and is to a great extent the brainchild of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

The governments of Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominica Republic are “intensely inclined towards the EU” while Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru show “sufficient interest”, according to the report.

But a step lower and still “with interest” towards the EU figure the governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Haiti, Nicaragua and Panama. However the presidential offices from Ecuador, Guatemala, Uruguay and Venezuela “are not looking towards the EU” as the most desired partner, underlines the IPI report.

The research also shows that it is precisely in these four countries where the opposition is “intensely inclined towards an alliance with the EU”, although opposition in Colombia and Cuba are not that convinced.

Corporations and the media overall in Latinamerica are even more inclined to an alliance with the European Union than their governments.

But there are exceptions: corporations in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Uruguay and the media from Panama and Paraguay.

But Latin American citizens by an ample margin favour that the EU becomes the main strategic reference for the region, while the exceptions are Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Paraguay and Panama.

Heads of State and of government from CELAC and the EU are meeting in Santiago on the 26 and 25 of January to try and give a greater thrust to a strategic relation between the two regions.

On the sidelines of the summit there will be a meeting of Mercosur leaders to assess the current stalled negotiations with the EU.

The data and conclusions of the report are the result of surveys from the IPI web and EFE news agency delegates in Latin American countries. The report is based on the Mapi methodology which consists in polling multiple and different experts in different fields with proven knowledge of the scenario under consideration and which do not know each other so as to reach a wide panorama diagnosis of the situation.

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1 Room101 (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 10:59 am Report abuse
In other words, South America is politically sub-divided to the extent that it has no strategy. Without the EU, there can be no strategy, since geography and communication is intertwined on several levels.
2 Conqueror (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 02:12 pm Report abuse
No real problems with Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominica Republic. Or for that matter with Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru. No interest in ANY connection with Argentina, Bolivia, Haiti, Nicaragua and Panama. Or Ecuador, Guatemala, Uruguay and Venezuela. Mind you, virtually every day seems to see the UK moving ever closer to leaving the EU. So do we really care?
3 Gordo1 (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 06:26 pm Report abuse
It is surprising that that the important European market for bananas from Ecuador is not taken into account. Without its sales in Europe Ecuador's export figures would be considerably less than they are.
4 Condorito (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 07:00 pm Report abuse
Wow, what a non article.
5 briton (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 07:36 pm Report abuse
Spain saus,

says it all really, NOT .
6 GeoffWard2 (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 08:50 pm Report abuse
No mention of Guyana or Belize?
Or the many Commonwealth members in the Carribean?

Perhaps these are not considered 'LatAm' ... or perhaps anything with a link with the UK is considered 'beyond the pale'.

These countries noted above, with the historic British links, are obvious special targets for the EU; but turgid foreign policy from the UK has re-oriented them powerfully towards the US.
7 Bryzi (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 10:26 pm Report abuse
I've lost count of the number of organisations of states on the go in South America. Perhaps someone can draw me Venn diagram?
8 briton (#) Jan 23rd, 2013 - 06:58 pm Report abuse
they are trying to confuse us all,
but end up confusing themselves .

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