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Politics
Wednesday, October 15th 2014 - 08:53 UTC

Chile convinced of the Mercosur/Pacific Alliance 'convergence' led by Brazil

“Convergence in diversity”, argued Rebolledo who is participating in bilateral trade and economic affairs meeting between Chile and Brazil

Chile is confident that in coming months there will be 'significant' advances in a convergence of the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur, said Andres Rebolledo, Chile's Deputy Trade minister during a visit to Brazil.

Wednesday, October 15th 2014 - 08:28 UTC

Germany insists with a 2015 balanced budget despite slower growth forecast

“Germany's stance is important. If we stray from our path then that gives grounds for others to do the same,” said Merkel at a party conference

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday rejected calls for Berlin to ditch its plans for a balanced budget next year and to instead invest more in order to shore up the faltering German and Euro zone economies. On Tuesday Germany slashed its 2014 growth forecast from 1.8% to 1.2%.

Wednesday, October 15th 2014 - 07:54 UTC

Mujica running for a Senate seat, since he anticipates a weak government

“The next government will need consensuses which are difficult to work out and I am prepared to help”, said Mujica

Uruguay president Jose Mujica believes that the next parliament to emerge from the 26 October general election will have a difficult conformation, complicating the government's performance and that is the reason why he accepted to run for a Senate seat.

Wednesday, October 15th 2014 - 07:38 UTC

“Chile Day” in London underlines the very close links with the UK

Minister Swire recalled friendship can be traced back to Lord Cochrane’s involvement in Chilean independence two centuries ago

Chilean authorities and business people opened the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday as part of the “Chile Day 2014” which is the country's foremost promotion event abroad for the financial and business sectors. UK Foreign Office Minister of State for Latin America Hugo Swire underlined that Chile in “a key partner in the region”.

Tuesday, October 14th 2014 - 16:43 UTC

IMF urges economic reforms or face brittle growth, high debt and unemployment

Lagarde has been beating the drum on deeper economic reforms for at least the past two years

The world's policymakers must take economic reforms more seriously, or they could see their economies stuck in a muddle of mediocre growth with high debt and unemployment, the head of the International Monetary Fund said at the multilateral organization assembly.

Tuesday, October 14th 2014 - 16:25 UTC

Madrid's attitude towards Gibraltar could thwart Spain's seat at Security Council

This weekend the UN Security Council will decide which two of Turkey, New Zealand or Spain are admitted. UK has veto power.

Spain’s separate battles to both become a temporary member of the United Nations Security Council and to also force Britain into bilateral negotiations over Gibraltar appear to be on a collision course, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Tuesday, October 14th 2014 - 06:54 UTC

Morales pledges orthodox economic policies and respect for private property

“We will continue with the experience that we have had with the business sector. Private property will be respected, the constitution says so”, said Morales

Bolivian President Evo Morales, who easily won a third term in a weekend election, has said he will stick to his brand of pragmatic socialism, respecting private property while expanding the state's role in the economy.

Tuesday, October 14th 2014 - 06:48 UTC

OAS praise for Bolivia's commitment to democracy and Sunday's elections

The electoral process was conducted with sufficient guarantees, but release of were extremely slow “because of technical and procedural difficulties”

The OAS (Organization of American States) Electoral Observation Mission in Bolivia, headed by former Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom, commends Bolivian citizenry for the high level of peaceful participation on Sunday's national elections and underlines the country’s democratic commitment.

Tuesday, October 14th 2014 - 06:38 UTC

Mapuches and other indigenous groups fight police on Columbus Day

The march was to commemorate Columbus's arrival in the Americas 12 October  1492, an event indigenous peoples argue should not be celebrated as a holiday.(Pic EFE)

Chilean police fired tear gas and water cannon on Sunday to break up thousands of indigenous protesters demanding land rights and condemning Columbus Day, after masked demonstrators began throwing stones.

Tuesday, October 14th 2014 - 06:19 UTC

Falklands case at Gibraltar conference on self-determination and independence

The conference covers BOTs such as Gibraltar, Falkland, but also Scottish devolution, Catalan independence and political aspirations in Basque Country.

An international symposium looking at the historical backdrop underpinning the concepts of self-determination, devolution, and independence on self-determination will take place next Thursday and Friday in Gibraltar. The aim of this conference is to look at these concepts and to explore them across a number of different examples.

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