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Friday, May 22nd 2015 - 05:49 UTC

Brazil and Uruguay on an “urgent and necessary” redesign of Mercosur

Vazquez said it was necessary to grant member countries “certain degree of flexibility, so that those who wish can advance with other trade partners”

Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez said it was “urgent and necessary” to redesign Mercosur so as to give its members greater 'trade flexibility'. Vazquez made the statements following Thursday meeting with his peer Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia and underlined “it would be naive to admit that Mercosur as it stands currently, is satisfactory”.

Friday, May 22nd 2015 - 05:42 UTC

Lagarde preaches fiscal discipline in one of Brazil's most dangerous slums

“The people who suffer the most with fiscal indiscipline at the end of the day are generally the poor”, said Lagarde in the Complexo do Alemao favela

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) encouraged Brazil on Thursday to pursue fiscal discipline, saying it was needed to protect social programs benefitting the poorest members of society. IMF chief Christine Lagarde made the link during a visit to Complexo do Alemao, one of Rio's largest and most dangerous slums and an example of the challenges the country faces as it struggles with low growth and high inflation

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