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Montevideo, February 25th 2017 - 02:24 UTC


  • Monday, October 17th 2016 - 06:53 UTC

    Mercosur founding members share same economic model and are targeting trade accords, says ECLAC

    “What is happening is that Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina have found an economic model which they share”, Alicia Barcena argued

    Tensions inside Mercosur can be attributed to the fact that Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay share a development “economic model” which distances them from Venezuela, and are prepared to advance in trade negotiations with the European Union, and even with the Pacific Alliance. Venezuela on the other hand has as its main priority putting the deteriorated economy back on the growth track, according to the UN regional economic commission ECLAC, chair Alicia Barcena.

  • Sunday, October 16th 2016 - 06:18 UTC

    Argentina 'upset and disappointed' with UK military exercises in Falklands but insists with dialogue

    “We feel upset and deeply disappointed because it entails a presumption of conflict hypothesis”, pointed out  minister Malcorra during a media conference at the Argentine embassy in the Vatican

    The Argentine government feels “upset and deeply disappointed” with the announced British military exercises in the Falklands/Malvinas, which includes the launching of missiles, but nevertheless the government will continue working “to build the opportunity of a dialogue which eliminates the presumptions of conflict” with the UK, said foreign minister Susana Malcorra on Saturday in the Vatican.

  • Friday, October 14th 2016 - 09:17 UTC

    EU-Mercosur trade deal within two years, followed by negotiations with UK

     “Mercosur has moved to improve its offer and we are optimistic that we can work towards a better deal,” said Argentine Commerce Secretary Miguel Braun

    The European Union and Mercosur could strike a free trade deal within two years, according to Argentina’s Commerce Secretary Miguel Braun. After Brexit, Mercosur would be open to a separate trade deal with the UK. Trade negotiations between the EU and Mercosur nations are still on track, despite the UK’s decision to leave the bloc and uncertainty over the future of the EU’s other major trade agreements – TTIP and CETA.

  • Wednesday, October 12th 2016 - 10:49 UTC

    UK official praises Mercosur new trade and integration focus

    “Our impression is that Mercosur is coming out of a difficult moment, it has been through a complicated period in recent years”, said FCO official Nigel Baker

    Mercosur has “lost focus” because of years of political and ideological discussions instead of concentrating in trade integration, commented Nigel Baker, deputy head of the Foreign Office South America's department during a two day visit to Paraguay. The ex ambassador in the Vatican also anticipated that Brexit, UK leaving the European Union will help strengthen overall relations with Paraguay, one of Mercosur four founding members.

  • Tuesday, October 11th 2016 - 03:20 UTC

    Brazil's prosecutor office questions spending cap: fears it could limit corruption investigations

    The Temer proposal “invades the judicial system budgeting competence drastically, risking to impact the exercise of its constitutional and institutional functions”

    Brazil’s Prosecutor-General’s Office questioned the constitutionality of President Michel Temer’s proposed public spending cap and recommended that Congress shelve the austerity measures. The office said in a statement the proposal interferes with the autonomy of other federal powers and would weaken the country’s judicial system, handicapping efforts to combat corruption.

  • Wednesday, October 5th 2016 - 06:33 UTC

    Malvinas has “an enormous emotional content” but “my duty is to advance dialogue in all issues”

    ”The intention of the government (of president Mauricio Macri) was to sit and discuss all issues, including Malvinas” despite furious criticisms from the opposition

    Foreign minister Susana Malcorra said that the Falklands/Malvinas issue has “an enormous emotional content”, but as her country's main diplomat her duty is to ensure a dialogue that can advance, in the best possible way, on all issues. The minister also described the Mercosur relation with Brazil as “inexorable”, which is beyond ideologies underlining the significance of Brazil's Michel Temer recent visit to Argentina.

  • Monday, October 3rd 2016 - 07:40 UTC

    Temer visits Macri to address trade and making Mercosur more flexible and universal

    Although Macri and Temer have had some previous brief meetings, this will be the first formal bilateral meeting since the Brazilian president was confirmed.

    Argentine president Mauricio Macri will be receiving his Brazilian peer Michel Temer in Buenos Aires on Monday morning to address bilateral relations in several fields, mainly political, trade, Mercosur, and security and development in the long shared border areas. According to official sources Temer´s delegation arrives with foreign minister Jose Serra, Industry and trade minister Marcos Pereira and head of defense Raul Jungmann.

  • Thursday, September 22nd 2016 - 15:40 UTC

    Rousseff back on the political trail in defence of Lula da Silva

    “Brazil is going through a very difficult moment. A process is underway that is systematically breaking the constitution,” Rousseff told supporters at a rally

    Former President Dilma Rousseff called the prosecution of her predecessor on corruption charges another attack on Brazil's democracy, speaking just weeks after the Senate removed her from office in an impeachment trial.

  • Thursday, September 22nd 2016 - 15:38 UTC

    Ex finance minister of Lula and Rousseff arrested in connection to Petrobras corruption

    Mantega was arrested at a Sao Paulo hospital where his wife had undergone surgery, his lawyer Jose Roberto Batochio told the G1 online news outlet.

    Brazilian police on Thursday arrested Guido Mantega, a former finance minister under presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, as part of the investigation into the vast Petrobras corruption scheme, media reported.However Brazilian Judge Sergio Moro later in the day revoked the temporary detention order citing Mantega's cooperation with a search of his home and his wife's surgery in a Sao Paulo hospital.

  • Tuesday, September 20th 2016 - 09:53 UTC

    Brazil and Uruguay agree on a Mercosur with “a greater open integration”

    “The meeting was positive and we agreed with president Temer that Uruguay will continue as coordinator of Mercosur trade talks with the EU” Vazquez was quoted

    President Tabare Vazquez confirmed on Monday that Uruguay will continue as “coordinator” of discussions between Mercosur and the European Union to reach a wide ranging trade agreement.