Monday, August 6th 2012 - 08:07 UTC

Ex-president says inclusion of Venezuela in Mercosur is “favourable for Uruguay”

Batlle however questioned the incorporation procedure with Paraguay suspended

Former president Jorge Batlle (2000/2005) said that the inclusion of Venezuela in Mercosur “is favourable for Uruguay” but at the same time insisted it was “wrongly done” for not having taken into account Paraguay’s opposition currently suspended as member of the regional block.

Saturday, August 4th 2012 - 03:14 UTC

Venezuela accession to Mercosur “by the back door”, according to The Economist

“We have to look for smart ways to bring in new members”, said President Mujica

Under the heading of “In by the back door” referred to the expansion of Mercosur, The Economist says “bringing Venezuela certainly was smart, in the sense of cunning rather than wise”, but it was done ignoring the block’s rules which call for unanimity in admitting new members.

Saturday, August 4th 2012 - 02:18 UTC

Paraguayan senators challenge Chavez version of attempted bribes to favour Venezuela

Senate Oviedo Matto claims it was Chavez brother who was offering money to vote in favour of Venezuela’s inclusion in Mercosur

An international controversy has surfaced between President Hugo Chavez and Paraguayan senators as to who really tried to bribe whom regarding failed attempts to have Venezuela incorporated to Mercosur.

Friday, August 3rd 2012 - 08:20 UTC

Chavez claims Paraguayan senators tried to blackmail him to vote for Venezuela in Mercosur

Paraguayan senators Lino Ventura and Nicanor Duarte, mentioned by Chavez

President Hugo Chavez said that the incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur was “exemplary” because it never yielded to “blackmail” from the Paraguayan extreme right and revealed that he met with Paraguayan Senator Lino Oviedo, considered the mastermind behind those attempts.

Thursday, August 2nd 2012 - 07:38 UTC

Paraguay urges OAS to take a position on the country’s situation

Forty days have passed since the political impeachment said Ambassador Saguier

Paraguay urged the Organization of American States, OAS, on Wednesday to say whether it will be taking measures or not against the country following the removal of Fernando Lugo from the presidency, a political incident that has reverberated in the whole continent.

Wednesday, August 1st 2012 - 19:37 UTC

Venezuela’s Mercosur membership “null and void” says Paraguayan government

President Federico Franco who replaced removed Fernando Lugo

The Paraguayan government declared “illegal” and “null and void” the inclusion of Venezuela as a full member of Mercosur which was agreed on Tuesday during the extraordinary meeting held in Brasilia with the absence of Paraguay.

Wednesday, August 1st 2012 - 08:08 UTC

Dilma welcomes President Chavez to the world’s fifth economy

The Brazilian president heading the official ceremony

Brazilian president DIlma Rousseff said that with the incorporation of Venezuela, Mercosur has become a global power in food and energy and becomes the fifth world economy with a GDP of 3.3tn dollars.

Tuesday, July 31st 2012 - 23:19 UTC

With Venezuela Mercosur has become “a new pole of world power”

Family picture for the four presidents

Argentine President Cristina Fernández said on Tuesday during a press conference held at the Mercosur extraordinary summit in Brasilia, that Venezuela’s entry to the bloc “strengthens the entire region” and creates a “new pole of power” at world level.

Tuesday, July 31st 2012 - 07:42 UTC

Not without controversy Venezuela becomes Mercosur fifth full member

The incorporation procedure has Uruguay’s Mujica and Astori in opposite positions

Following a full day of deliberations in Brasilia between Foreign Affairs ministers, the presidents from Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, on Tuesday will formally receive Venezuela as the new full member of Mercosur, as was agreed at the regular mid year summit in Mendoza.

Saturday, July 28th 2012 - 02:12 UTC

Mujica forecasts Venezuela will rapidly become Uruguay’s third trade partner

Forget Chavez, time takes care of regimes and leaders, said Mujica

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica strongly defended the incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur and forecasted that in a short time the country will become Uruguay’s third trade associate, behind China and Brazil.


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