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“Mercosur, the most isolated and protectionist block in the world”

Friday, December 22nd 2017 - 10:58 UTC
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Mercosur is the most isolated and protectionist block in the world, said Argentine president Mauricio Macri on Thursday during a meeting with Argentine media, in Brasilia, in the framework of the current presidential summit during which the six-month rotating chair of the group will passed from Brazil to Paraguay. Read full article


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  • Chicureo

    Talk- talk-talk, but few results because Argentina and Brazil have industries threatened by open free trade. Argentina makes fabulous quality shoes, but now China produces something similar for 1/10th the price.
    Another example why Mercosur is going nowhere is the trend Andes railway project that the Japanese has proposed funding. Right now everything is trucked over the mountains with winter closing the passes. The railway would use a deep tunnel for year round operation and substantially reduce shipping charges. The project continues to be tabled on hold.

    Dec 22nd, 2017 - 05:17 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Jack Bauer

    You're basically right, because Brazil has always been protectionist, but without realizing it, due to short-sighted rather than serious long term planning, or better, NO planning at all, Brazil has allowed in imports from China which have killed off two of it's once large industries - footwear and textiles - plus dozens of other smaller ones. Brazil exports raw materials to China and imports their low cost crap.
    In 1990, Fernando Collor, in one of the few good moves he made before being impeached for corruption, opened up the automotive market...he too, was tired of driving around in what he called horse carts...because the vehicles that Ford, GM, Volkswagen and Chrysler produced here, were models that had been discontinued in the US, years before. Regardless of that, imports are still pretty restricted, and if not, highly taxed.

    Dec 22nd, 2017 - 09:08 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Pirat-Hunter

    WE pay our government salary to protect our economy and if they can’t do that they can go back to Europe and eat crap for all we care we need the food in south America to end hunger and not be blamed for sending our food to white Europeans and murderers and pedophles.

    Dec 23rd, 2017 - 06:15 am - Link - Report abuse -4
  • gordo1


    On another thread you demand we post in Spanish. OK here goes “¡Vos sos un huevón!”

    Happy now?

    Dec 23rd, 2017 - 12:41 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • :o))

    @Chicureo: REF: “Everything is trucked”: In Latin America, almost everything will always be transported by roads/highways and ANY kind of a “Railway-Project” will be abandoned even BEFORE it's a blueprint.

    Thanx, to the innumerable lobbies which are neck-deep into this scandal! They very carefully protect their Long-Term Profiteering-Opportunities!

    Cheap-Transport, Cheap-MASS-Transport in particular, is totally AGAINST their Commercial-Interests.

    Dec 23rd, 2017 - 09:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    I take it that you don't mind your crap food being exported to Europe to feed the large population of non-whites who are citizens of these countries.

    We don't need your sub-standard products. We are self sufficient in most lines OR can import them from other areas although I am happy to eat Chilean grapes and Brazilian Mangoes.

    A question, do you actually hunt pirates using your time machine to travel back 300 years ?

    Dec 24th, 2017 - 10:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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