Latin America

Latin America
Thursday, June 11th 2015 - 00:41 UTC

Mercosur ready to deliver its proposal for the trade agreement with EU

“I told PM Michel that Brazil and Mercosur are ready to present their trade proposal to the EU in the coming days or weeks” underlined Rousseff

Mercosur is ready to deliver its proposal on goods, services and tariff reductions as part of the negotiations with the European Union for a trade and cooperation agreement, said Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday, following a meeting in Brussels with Charles Michel, Belgium's Prime minister.

Thursday, June 11th 2015 - 00:29 UTC

Bolivia's Morales does not support Mercosur/EU deal based on 'competitive' trade

“Trade must be focused on solidarity and not in competitiveness if we really want to end poverty”, insisted the president of Bolivia

Bolivian president Evo Morales said that if Mercosur insists in forging a trade agreement with the European Union, Bolivia will have to 'withdraw“, because ”we support solidarity and not competitive trade”. Morales is in Brussels attending the EU/Celac heads of government and state summit which takes off on Thursday.

Wednesday, June 10th 2015 - 21:16 UTC

Mercosur and Unasur member Venezuela bullying neighboring Guyana

 Maduro issued a presidential decree claiming more than two-thirds of Guyana territory including the maritime area where ExxonMobil recently found oil

Mercosur and Unasur member Venezuela is again bullying neighboring Guyana by issuing a presidential decree claiming more than two-thirds of the former British colony territory including the maritime area where ExxonMobil recently found a significant oil deposit.

Wednesday, June 10th 2015 - 06:53 UTC

Uruguay says Brazil and Paraguay are ready to sign trade accord with Europe

“Uruguay's position is well known regarding a free trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union”, underlined Tabare Vazquez

Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez said that Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay are ready to sign the long delayed trade and cooperation agreement between Mercosur and the European Union. Such an agreement has become one of the cornerstones of Vazquez presidency faced with falling exports and limited markets.

Tuesday, June 9th 2015 - 08:06 UTC

Paraguay believes in a 'single speed' approach to Mercosur/EU trade talks

“We want a speedier relation with Europe, a relation which some talk about a 'two-speeds' approach, but we prefer a single speed”, said Cartes

Paraguay believes in a 'single speed' approach to negotiations for a trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union, but discussions must be more dynamic and wide ranging, said the country's president Horacio Cartes, currently visiting Spain.

Tuesday, June 9th 2015 - 07:12 UTC

IOM: more Europeans migrate to Latin America than the other way around

Flows naturally adapt to the fluctuating socioeconomic realities, indicated IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson on presentation of the report

The International Organization for Migration, IOM released a study on Monday revealing a trend of increased migration flows from the European Union (EU) to Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, and a marked decrease in the movement of people in the other direction.

Tuesday, June 9th 2015 - 06:51 UTC

FARC accused of deliberately spilling 200.000 gallons of oil risking water supplies

“They were approached by a FARC group and forced to spill all the crude they were transporting” about 757,000 liters, Governor Jimmy Diaz told RCN Radio

Colombian authorities accused the FARC guerrillas Monday of forcing 19 oil tanker drivers to dump their cargo of crude on the ground, raising fears it could contaminate water supplies.Officials said FARC fighters stopped the tankers in a dawn raid as they transported their cargo across a remote area of the oil-producing region of Puerto Asis in the southwestern department of Putumayo.

Monday, June 8th 2015 - 08:13 UTC

Mexico' industrial hub of Monterrey en route to give the political system a big shock

Independent Jaime Rodriguez, known as “El Bronco,” had at least a 6-point lead in the race in Nuevo Leon state, according to exit polls by TV Azteca

Mexico's ruling party has lost seats in congress but may still gain a majority from its coalition with the small but growing Green Party that was everywhere during the campaign, according to official voting trends released late Sunday by the electoral institute.

Saturday, June 6th 2015 - 10:02 UTC

For a world in distress, “the answer is Latin America” argues Argentine ambassador in London

Ambassador Alicia Castro addressing the rally at NUT's headquarters where she praised leaders such as Hugo Chavez, Lula da Silva and Nestor Kirchner

The Argentine ambassador in the UK, Alicia Castro, was one of the main speakers invited to an event yesterday which included the discussions “another world is possible” and “against foreign intervention in Latin America”. Dozens of activists from across the UK expressed their support for a range of Latin American causes.

Saturday, June 6th 2015 - 07:48 UTC

Colombian congress bars presidential re-election; 70% of public opinion supports decision

The move reinstates the presidential term limit in place before 2005, when Colombia adopted a constitutional reform backed by Uribe

Colombia’s Congress has voted to bar presidents from seeking re-election, a move backed by President Juan Manuel Santos that undoes a law passed by his predecessor and rival Alvaro Uribe. The decision also marks a difference with the ongoing Latin American trend of successive re-elections, when not unlimited.

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