Politics

Politics
Monday, September 5th 2016 - 11:41 UTC

Anti immigrant vote in her home district KOs Merkel's ambition of a fourth term

In a stinging defeat for Merkel in her home district, the upstart AfD took 21.9% of the vote behind Social Democrats in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats were beaten into third place by the anti-immigrant and anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in a north-eastern state election on Sunday, TV exit polls showed.

Monday, September 5th 2016 - 09:09 UTC

Macri targets Chinese tourists; no need of a visa to visit Argentina

President Macri held a half hour meeting on Saturday with his host Xi Jinping to confirm bilateral trade and investments

Argentine president Mauricio Macri announced in China that besides boosting and balancing bilateral trade and confirming the infrastructure and energy deals reached by his predecessor, Chinese tourists will no longer need visas to visit Argentina.

Monday, September 5th 2016 - 08:58 UTC

US economy adds more jobs in August, but not as many as expected

The number of extra jobs was sharply down from an upwardly revised July figure of 275,000. It was also smaller than the average monthly increase of 204,000

The expanding US economy added another 151,000 jobs in August, according to the US Labor Department, while the unemployment rate stayed at 4.9%. The number of extra jobs was sharply down from an upwardly revised July figure of 275,000. It was also a smaller rise than the average monthly increase of 204,000 seen during the previous 12 months.

Monday, September 5th 2016 - 07:13 UTC

Macri meets Temer in China; Brazilian president will visit Buenos Aires next month

The relationship with Temer is “very good and very positive,” a representative of Macri’s delegation as quoted by La Nación

Argentina's president Mauricio Macri greeted Brazil’s confirmed head of state Michel Temer for the first time since Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment and removal last week as the two met briefly during the G20 summit taking place in China.

Monday, September 5th 2016 - 06:55 UTC

Obama praises Macri and his policies before the world's main leaders

“There are various presidents that are implementing the correct measures, like India, Indonesia, Italy and the new president of Argentina ...”said Obama.

President Mauricio Macri got another big nod of support as US President Barack Obama highlighted him as one of the few national leaders setting an example for the world by going against a wave of protectionism gaining presence on a global scale, in a speech during the G20 conference.

Monday, September 5th 2016 - 06:48 UTC

Pope Francis sad with Roussesff's removal and invites to pray for social justice in Brazil

Francis with then president Rousseff during one of the several times they met

Pope Francis called for people to pray to the Aparecida Virgin to protect “all of Brazil and all of the Brazilian people in this very sad moment”, in reference to the removal of Dilma Rousseff as president and her replacement by vice-president and interim president Michel Temer, which occurred last week.

Friday, September 2nd 2016 - 16:44 UTC

Strong support for Temer and his government from China

“China has great confidence in Brazil's development prospects, as well as confidence in cooperation between China and Brazil” said Xi

Brazil's new president Michel Temer received strong support from Beijing when Chinese president Xi Jinping expressed confidence in Brazil's ability to maintain stability and cooperation between the two countries, during a meeting on Friday with Temer in Hangzhou, the resort that will host the G20 summit

Friday, September 2nd 2016 - 15:01 UTC

Brazil reacts to Maduro's statements and calls its ambassador in Caracas

Brazil's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Venezuela's attitude “is conspicuously against the principles and objectives of the Latin American integration.”

The impeachment process that led to the removal of Dilma Rousseff from office on Wednesday, August 31, increased the gap among the continent's governments. While the U.S. said that the definite ousting of the now-former president of Brazil followed constitutional proceedings, the so-called Bolivarian governments – Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia – reacted by calling their ambassadors back.

Friday, September 2nd 2016 - 11:21 UTC

A million Venezuelans take to the streets peacefully to protest against Maduro

The opposition Democratic Unity coalition estimated at least 1 million people took part after protesters streamed into Caracas

Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded Venezuela's capital on Thursday in one of the biggest mass protests against socialist rule for more than a decade. Dressed in white and chanting “this government will fall,” hundreds of thousands rallied across Caracas to demand a recall referendum against Maduro and decry a deep economic crisis in the oil rich country.

Thursday, September 1st 2016 - 23:29 UTC

Uruguay's Home Secretary questions the legitimacy of Temer, and calls removal of Rousseff, a “coup”

Bonomi made the statement to a Montevideo radio station when asked specifically if he considered the destitution of Rousseff a coup, he replied, “I believe so”.

Uruguay's Home Secretary Eduardo Bonomi described the removal of Brazilian ex president Dilma Rousseff as a “coup” and underlined her successor Michel Temer “has no legitimacy” to occupy the Executive. He added that the events of this week in Brazil have had an impact on Brazilian democracy and the region overall.

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