Friday, August 10th 2012 - 07:49 UTC

Brazil reminds Paraguay that Itaipu power is jointly shared and managed

The giant Itaipú dam that provide 22% of Brazil’s power consumption

Brazil reminded Paraguay it can use the power it needs from the giant Itaipu hydro but there is a contract which regulates how to manage the surplus. A day earlier president Federico Franco said that Paraguay would not “yield” any more electricity to Brazil.

Wednesday, August 8th 2012 - 18:21 UTC

Paraguay to appeal Mercosur sanctions before the The Hague Court of Justice

President Federico Franco has plans to address the UN General Assembly

The Paraguayan government had decided to appeal before the International Court of Justice in The Hague the suspension imposed on Paraguay by the governments of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay as a sanction for the removal of Fernando Lugo as president of the country, last June 22.

Wednesday, August 8th 2012 - 07:12 UTC

Unasur special committee presents this week report on Paraguay’s political situation

Roncagliolo said Unasur wants a quick return of Paraguay to the group

The special Unasur commission that is monitoring and following political events in Paraguay since the removal of Fernando Lugo as president and his replacement by Federico Franco, is expected to make a first presentation next Thursday said Peruvian Foreign affairs minister Rafael Roncagliolo.

Wednesday, August 8th 2012 - 06:37 UTC

Brazil begins major military exercise to test security along its southern borders

A few of the 9.000 heavily armed soldiers listening to instructions

Brazilian Armed Forces began this week a major deployment along the borders of Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia involving 9.000 troops from the three services with the purpose of testing border security against smugglers mainly of arms and drugs and organized crime, said the Ministry of Defence.

Tuesday, August 7th 2012 - 20:14 UTC

Mercosur has only benefited Brazil in the last ten years with a surplus of 36.8bn

It is time for the other three members to change of strategy, says Orlando Ferreres

Brazil is the only country that in the last ten years has benefited from Mercosur with an intra-zone trade surplus of 36.8 billion dollars while the other three full members, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay have accumulated huge deficits in the same period, according to Argentine economist Orlando Ferreres a regular columnist from La Nacion with graduate studies in Harvard.

Tuesday, August 7th 2012 - 08:45 UTC

Removed Paraguayan president says he can run again for the Executive office

Again with the presidential sash or a member of the Senate waits for Lugo

Former Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo who was removed from office last June following a political impeachment in Congress said he can again be a presidential candidate in the coming April elections.

Monday, August 6th 2012 - 08:14 UTC

Lugo going to appeal before the Inter American Court his removal from office

The two patients recovering from cancer met in Sao Paulo

Fernando Lugo said he would appeal to the Inter American Court the whole political impeachment process in the Senate that ended with his removal from the Paraguayan presidency in less than 48 hours and with little chance of a defence.

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.


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