Wednesday, November 25th 2015 - 08:22 UTC

Mercosur ready to begin political negotiations for the trade agreement with the European Union

“Mercosur transmitted in Brussels its political decision to begin those negotiations. The ball in now in the EU court”, said Loizaga

Mercosur is only waiting for the European Union to begin the political negotiations on the long delayed overall trade agreement, announced Paraguay's foreign minister Eladio Loizaga in Asunción, just back from Brussels where he met with EU and Belgian officials.

Wednesday, November 18th 2015 - 07:24 UTC

Setback for president Cartes: center-left coalition takes control of Paraguay's capital Asunción

TV presenter Mario Ferreiro defeated incumbent Arnaldo Samaniego (R) 50.99% to 40.56%, according to official results with all ballots counted.

Paraguay’s ruling conservative party lost the mayor’s office in the capital Asunción on Sunday in a surprise midterm setback for President Horacio Cartes. Popular TV presenter Mario Ferreiro defeated incumbent Arnaldo Samaniego of the president’s Colorado party, 50.99% to 40.56%, according to official results with all ballots counted.

Friday, November 6th 2015 - 11:26 UTC

OAS observers for Paraguay municipal election on 15 November

Paraguay Representative before OAS, Elisa Ruiz, reaffirmed her country's confidence in OAS and the role the observers will play at the municipal election

The Organization of American States (OAS) will deploy an Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) for the 15 November municipal elections in Paraguay, according to the agreement signed between OAS and Paraguay.

Wednesday, November 4th 2015 - 08:18 UTC

Mercosur summit on 21 December; Uruguay takes the helm for next six months

The announcement was done by Paraguayan foreign minister Eladio Loizaga following a meeting with the ambassadors from the group's member countries

Mercosur heads of state next summit is scheduled for 21 December in Asunción, Paraguay, the country currently holding the group's chair. At the meeting the six-month rotating chair will be handed to Uruguay for the first half of 2016.

Wednesday, October 21st 2015 - 06:45 UTC

Mercosur and EU closer to begin negotiations; exchange of proposals will be under reserve

Loizaga said negotiations are always closed, “but we will make them public once proposals are exchanged and talks begin”

Once Mercosur and the European Union conclude their exchange of goods and tariff reduction proposals for the long awaited trade agreement, contents of the deal will be kept in reserve while negotiations are ongoing, with no access to media or public opinion, anticipated Paraguayan foreign minister Eladio Loizaga.

Wednesday, September 9th 2015 - 07:29 UTC

Paraguay refuses to acknowledge US$ 85m debt from dictator's time

“There is a position to repudiate this debt and we will defend it strongly,” Attorney General Roberto Moreno told a press conference

Paraguay’s three branches of government agreed on Monday that Asuncion bears no obligation to repay $85 million borrowed by a representative of the late Gen. Alfredo Stroessner during the waning years of the 1954-1989 military regime.

Thursday, August 13th 2015 - 03:37 UTC

Mercosur's Paraguay meeting to iron out proposal to present to Europe

The meeting in Asunción will be headed by Rigoberto Gauto, who is currently the Mercosur coordinator since Paraguay holds this half year the rotating chair.

Technical teams from Mercosur country members are scheduled to meet next Tuesday in Paraguay to iron out the final proposal to be presented by the group to the European Union for the long delayed trade and cooperation agreement. The meeting in Asunción will be headed by Rigoberto Gauto, who is currently the Mercosur coordinator since Paraguay holds this half year the rotating chair.

Thursday, July 16th 2015 - 09:28 UTC

Paraguay, as chair of the group, determined to return Mercosur to 'its roots'

“The idea of the meeting was to elaborate on how to return Mercosur to its roots, that is its trade and commercial profile and less politics” said Loizaga.

Paraguay is committed to return Mercosur to 'its roots', reach an agreement on some of the original fundamentals, eliminate restrictions to inter-trade and strongly promote the trade accord with the European Union. This is scheduled to take place in the coming six months once Paraguay is handed Mercosur' chair at the group's midyear presidential summit that begins on Thursday in Brasilia.

Monday, July 13th 2015 - 08:58 UTC

“A faith without solidarity, is a dead faith”, Francis tells a mass of over a million people

The altar's backdrop was made of corn cobs, coconuts, squashes, beans, seeds and other local produce to create huge murals of St. Francis of Assisi

Pope Francis, wrapping up on Sunday his three-country tour of South America, urged people living in a flood-prone shantytown in Paraguay to stay united in their struggle for better living and working conditions.

Monday, July 13th 2015 - 06:36 UTC

Argentina' Cristina Fernandez flies to Paraguay meets Francis for the sixth time

The Argentine president had been invited by Paraguay's Cartés to attend the mass, and was the only regional head of state to visit Paraguay.

President Cristina Fernández was present on Sunday in the Paraguayan capital, Asunción to hear Pope Francis give mass during his visit, and greeted the Argentine citizens who had travelled to see the leader of the Catholic church. The head of state left the open mass at around midday, handing Francis a gift before retiring after witnessing the ceremony with Paraguayan counterpart Horacio Cartés.


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