Germany wants to speed negotiations for a free trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur, said Foreign minister Walter Steinmeier in Brasilia. The agreement has been pending since 1999 when discussions started but so far have been unable to reach a deal or commit a date because of internal problems from both sides.
A London court ruled on Friday that English law applies to a disputed case involving interest payments on Euro-denominated Argentine debt, making a payout more likely in spite of conflicting orders from a US court.
HSBC’s Swiss branch must repatriate the 3 billion dollars deposited in the 4,040 undeclared accounts held by Argentine citizens and companies, Argentina's AFIP tax bureau chief Ricardo Echegaray announced.
Argentine fish landings have dropped dramatically during January, totaling 16,464 tons, 31.8% less than a year ago when the volume was 24,121.4 tons. Of this year's volume, 11,803.8 tons were of fish, 4,567.4 tons crustaceans and 92.8 tons shellfish, according to statistics from the Under-secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Retail sales in Brazil increased 2.2% in 2014 over the previous year, the smallest expansion in 11 years, the Brazilian Institute for Geography and Statistics, or IBGE, reported this week. The sector suffered its worst year since 2003 when sales tumbled 3.7%. In 2013, retail sales grew 4.3%.
Brazil's Congress passed legislation on Tuesday that limits the president's ability to reduce pork-barrel spending passed by lawmakers, a setback for President Dilma Rousseff's efforts to fight a fiscal deficit.
Argentina and Brazil failed to reach an agreement to help unlock the ongoing tension between the two key Mercosur allies over bilateral trade. Argentina's Hector Timerman and his counterpart Mauro Vieira met in Buenos Aires to try and ease Brazil’s growing concerns about restrictions on the flow of goods, but any decisions were pushed forward to an undetermined date.
Argentina's top officials will meet on Thursday with representatives from the Argentine Industrial Union, UIA, to discuss some clauses and aspects of the recent agreements signed between China and Argentina last week, and which have been questioned by the manufacturers' lobby.
Holdouts open new front in dispute with Argentina: officials dramatic increase in their personal wealth
US holders of defaulted Argentine bonds have stepped up their campaign for full repayment of their loans by detailing how 14 senior Argentine officials experienced “dramatic and often unexplained increases” in their personal wealth during service in the Kirchner administrations.
Britain's HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) department has requested Argentina’s AFIP tax bureau information on the criminal report filed in Buenos Aires against HSBC on allegations the bank helped more than 4,000 clients to evade taxes by stashing their money in secret Swiss bank accounts.