Politics

Politics
Thursday, October 16th 2014 - 07:30 UTC

Venezuela 'ripe' for default on foreign debt forecast Reinhart and Rogoff

The world-renowned economists wrote that the Venezuelan economy had been so badly mismanaged that GDP per capita was two per cent below 1970 levels

Venezuela will almost certainly default on its foreign debt, according to Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff. They add that the beleaguered Latin American economy has already defaulted on “every conceivable kind of domestic debt”.

Wednesday, October 15th 2014 - 23:44 UTC

Much mud-slinging but no definitive KO in Dilma/Neves first round of debates

Rousseff recalled that in Neves home state of Minas Gerais, where he was twice governor, there has been a sharp rise in homicides and was heavily indebted.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and rival presidential candidate Aecio Neves have clashed over corruption and the state of the economy in the first of a series of televised debates ahead of the second round of presidential elections. 26 October.

Wednesday, October 15th 2014 - 23:36 UTC

Brazil will rise fuel prices to help government managed debt-laden Petrobras

The government has not allowed Petrobras to raise domestic fuel prices in line with international prices, forcing the company to sell imports at home at a loss.

Brazil will maintain plans to raise domestic fuel prices this year, despite a sharp drop in international crude oil prices, to help debt-laden state-run oil company Petrobras, a government source said this week.

Wednesday, October 15th 2014 - 10:24 UTC

Open debate in the Vatican: conservative bishops disagree with “gay approach”

In a dramatic change in tone from past condemnatory language, it said the Church should challenge itself to find “a fraternal space” for homosexuals

Conservative Roman Catholic prelates have vowed to change a controversial Vatican document that held out the possibility of a major shift in the Church's attitude towards homosexuals.

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.

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