Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner defended on Monday her decision to impose a controversial sliding tax system on agricultural exports and said farmers opposing her government policies are undermining the country's fight against poverty.
Argentina's consumer price index in May was 0.6% according to the country's Statistics and Census Institute (Indec) which has began applying a new methodology. This means that in the fives months of 2008 inflation was 4% and 9.1% in the last twelve months.
Leaders of the Argentine farmers' organizations confirmed Sunday evening the end of the third strike period in the three months conflict with the government, and anticipated they will attend the dialogue table summoned by the country's ombudsman for Monday.
Four million young adults in Argentina are poor, according to a report of the Argentine Catholic University published over the weekend. The UCA report called on the authorities not to look the other way and face the current situation.
Argentina's farmers announced Friday the end of their third strike in three months at the request of the Catholic Church, as of next Monday, but warned they'd continue on alert until the government repeals new export taxes on grains and oilseeds.
The British ambassador said the Argentine government request to have a permanent flag at the Darwin cemetery in the Falkland Islands will be conveyed to the Foreign Office, according to the spokesperson for the UK diplomatic representation in Buenos Aires.
The Argentine government emphatically denied a publication in the Italian daily Corriere Della Sera, which with manifest malice reported about some alleged extravagant shopping of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner during her recent visit to Rome for the summit on hunger emergency.
London based Barclays Capital lowered its 2008 and 2009 growth forecast for Argentina following on increasing concerns about accelerating inflation, striking farmers blocking exports and slowing investment.
Argentina will have a record production of wine for the Southern hemisphere in 2008, totaling 15.25 million hectoliters, compared to the 15.046 of last year according to the latest report from the Paris seated International Organization of Vines and Wine, OIV.
Two Venezuelan citizens linked to the frustrated attempt to illegally introduce a suitcase with 800.000 US dollars to Argentina have an international Interpol arrest warrant following on a request from the Argentine judge who has the case.