Mercosur

Mercosur
Friday, June 3rd 2016 - 08:41 UTC

Brazil wants Venezuela out of the Mercosur rotating chair

Maduro's Venezuela is scheduled to take the Mercosur chair at the summit scheduled for the end of the month

Brazilian government would like to block Venezuela from taking the rotating presidency of Mercosur later this month, a move to further debilitate Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro's power, according to Planalto sources close to interim president Michel Temer, who admitted the proposal has yet to be discussed with other members.

Thursday, June 2nd 2016 - 09:20 UTC

Argentina describes Falklands' governor speech on links as 'positive', but they must be bilateral through UK

Malcorra affirmed she was aware that the Falklands' governor had said the Islands were hopeful of a chance for a productive relationship with Argentina

Argentina believes there is an opportunity to improve the relation with the Falkland Islanders, and 'we are exploring available options', but those links must be channeled through bilateral relations with the United Kingdom, since the Islands dispute is with the UK.

Tuesday, May 31st 2016 - 20:21 UTC

OAS calls for emergency meeting to address Venezuela's “grave alterations of democratic order”

Luis Almagro said Venezuela had suffered “grave alterations of democratic order” and called for a vote on the matter in the coming weeks.

The head of the Organization Of American States on Tuesday called for an emergency meeting of regional governments to evaluate Venezuela's respect for democracy, a move that could lead to the country's suspension from the hemispheric body. Luis Almagro said Venezuela had suffered “grave alterations of democratic order” and called for a vote on the matter in the coming weeks.

Saturday, May 28th 2016 - 06:38 UTC

UK and Eire farmers warn about falling farm-gate prices, and celebrate exclusion of Mercosur beef

NFUS livestock committee chairman Charlie Adam said that processors must start working with farmer representatives, rather than dictating to them

Following a meeting to discuss common concerns, the British Isles' farming unions – NFU Scotland, the English NFU, NFU Cymru, the Ulster Farmers Union and the Irish Farmers Association – issued a joint statement warning buyers that the downward pressure on farm-gate prices was “sapping confidence” out of the sector.

Friday, May 27th 2016 - 08:04 UTC

Paraguay requests meeting of Mercosur foreign ministers to address Venezuela situation

Foreign minister Eladio Loizaga said he had received precise instructions from president Horacio Cartes to ask for the Mercosur foreign ministers meeting.

Paraguay formally requested on Thursday a meeting of Mercosur foreign ministers to address the situation in Venezuela which is undergoing a critical political, social and economic scenario. The request was presented to Uruguay which currently holds the chair of the trade block made up of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 06:18 UTC

Venezuela next Mercosur chair, but Uruguay will continue leading negotiations with EU

President Nicolas Maduro is accused of impeding a recall referendum which has the support of two thirds of Venezuelans, according to the latest opinion polls.

Venezuela, in the midst of a most serious domestic political and economic situation, and with less foreign allies is scheduled to take the chair of Mercosur as of next June for the following six months. However it has been agreed that Uruguay will continue leading Mercosur negotiations with the European Union for a much delayed wide ranging cooperation and trade agreement.

Tuesday, May 24th 2016 - 08:18 UTC

Brazil and Argentina to work together to help find a solution to Venezuela

“We're on alert when it comes to Venezuela. Brazil and Argentina have an interest that includes mediation,” Brazilian Foreign Minister Jose Serra said

Brazil and Argentina will work together to help find a solution to Venezuela's political crisis, Brazil's acting foreign minister said on Monday. Venezuela is facing a severe economic crisis, with the world's highest inflation and shortages. Polls indicate most Venezuelans want President Nicolas Maduro out of office.

Monday, May 23rd 2016 - 12:14 UTC

Argentina, one of Brazil´s main foreign policy priorities, anticipated Serra who is expected in Buenos Aires

Malcorra and Serra spoke on the phone soon after Temer took office in Brazil.

Argentina will be one of the main priorities for Brazil’s interim government under President Michel Temer, declared foreign minister José Serra who is expected this Monday in Buenos Aires for his first overseas trip. He is also anticipated a review and redraw of Mercosur plus agreements with the US, European Union and Japan.

Saturday, May 21st 2016 - 08:46 UTC

Malcorra successfully completes negotiations with China and meets on Monday in Buenos Aires with Serra

On Thursday Malcorra met her peer Wang Yi and said projects signed with Beijing were reviewed satisfactorily, and the strategic association was ratified

Argentina's foreign minister Susana Malcorra held another round of talks with high level Chinese officers in Beijing, as part of her official visit to China to promote trade, investment and the special strategic relation between the two countries. But also cut short her visit to other countries to be back in Buenos Aires next Monday in time to meet with her new Brazilian peer, Jose Serra to address the bilateral agenda and Mercosur among other issues.

Monday, May 16th 2016 - 21:42 UTC

Falkland Islands' biosecurity officers thwart Argentine ant army invasion

The ants were identified by UK experts as the extremely invasive Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile),

By Ross James, Biosecurity Officer for Penguin News - An Argentine army, thousands strong invaded the Falklands recently, and their arrival went unnoticed for several weeks before the alarm was raised. The Argentine Ants arrived aboard a yacht which had sailed non-stop around the world from Australia, non-stop that is until huge waves swept the singlehanded 78 year-old sailor overboard and capsized his yacht as he rounded Cape Horn. In a stroke of luck a subsequent wave righted the vessel and at the same time the sailor was able to pull himself back aboard.

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