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Mujica says Mercosur is “a chewing gum”; promises trade deals with third countries

Thursday, February 9th 2012 - 23:17 UTC
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Mercosur from a real point of view exits, but institutionally it’s a “chewing gum” claimed Uruguayan president Jose Mujica who anticipated he would demand from the block’s partners that Uruguay be allowed to sign bilateral trade agreements with third parties. Read full article


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  • briton

    and what do people do with chewing gum,?

    Feb 09th, 2012 - 11:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirat-Hunter

    this people never traveled to Canada or USA where even bringing a Cuban cigar could cost you 100% tax or about a bottle of rum. And there is lots of Chilean whine in the liquor store in Canada, I never hear a complain about the 25% tax canadians get for doing nothing but how cheap and good the whine is, Argentina is a target do to racist and bias reporting and hate mongering by people who still can't forget 1807.

    Feb 10th, 2012 - 12:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    or argie decendents who invaded britain in part in 1540s

    Feb 10th, 2012 - 12:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    @2 Al I ever hear is Argentinian whin(e)ing......

    So Prat crunter.. how do you enjoy living in a true democracy with the Queen as head of state? Better than your RG squat I'll wager

    Feb 10th, 2012 - 01:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • tobias

    It is totally smart for Uruguay to make agreements with non-Mercosur countries. They need to do what is best for them.

    Feb 10th, 2012 - 02:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Viscount Falkland

    “but admitted that the government of Cristina Fernandez openly violates the “basic principles” of Mercosur”
    Yep ....they are 'special needs' people with no idea how society operates !

    Feb 10th, 2012 - 08:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Well, CAN countries do it freely, why not Mercosur?
    It needs a whole mess of unravelling when Mercosur stabilises again (eg, change of regime in Argentina), but life can't stand still for countries whose economic survival depends on outside trade.
    Perhaps Uruguay will do a bilateral with the EU, or perhaps they will wait until the end of the year when, supposedly, a Mercosur-EU deal will be completed. But this does not stop Uruguay doing bilateral trade deals with the likes of Canada, Chile, South Korea, the US and China.

    Feb 10th, 2012 - 01:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • eteega

    This is just another mindless move by the Peronistas to shore up a failing economy by using what is tantamount to the application of tariffs. Red tape can delay or deny imports for as long as Argentina wants. I am not surprised that Christina's chief economist committed suicide if this the kind of economic suicidal road that Argentina is heading down.

    Feb 10th, 2012 - 06:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirat-Hunter

    #4 I enjoy living in America as a native, I enjoy watching europid kill eachother for things our native people enjoyed long before racist europids got here, I never had a queen this might be why we don't have 15 year old blond prostitutes selling their body to their father for money, nor do we refer to women as bitches as in UK. what's a queen anyways, is it your mom ?? does she spit or swallows ??? my people don't cry over spilled milk we do justice one brit at a time.
    “The dismembered body of a retired British scientist has been discovered close to his home in a rural part of northern Argentina.”

    Feb 10th, 2012 - 08:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • josecijr

    I think all this nonsense, Argentines should respect the will of the inhabitants of the Falklands, and not be so silly ... I would very much that the Falklands and Brazil have partnerships and tourist trade, I'd love to know the island.

    Feb 10th, 2012 - 10:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    my people don't cry over spilled milk
    cows never do, they just stand and deliver .

    Feb 10th, 2012 - 10:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    @9 Pirat-Hunter
    “I enjoy living in America as a native” - But your not a native are you, your an implanted colonialist settler.

    “ my people don't cry over spilled milk ” - Who are your people?

    People like you just cry.

    Feb 11th, 2012 - 01:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    we have only one thing to say to argentina
    [ Argentinian , Phase 7. ]

    Feb 11th, 2012 - 09:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ManRod

    please stop the silly Chile-Canada Wine legend there... Chile and Canada have a FTA since 1996, which covers spirits and wines, so Chilean wine imports to Canada are 0% taxed.

    Don'r try to relativize the argentine import restriction bullying with fake examples...

    Feb 13th, 2012 - 01:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirat-Hunter

    #11 you are right we deliver
    “Donald Brooks, 75, who moved to Argentina more than a decade ago from Manchester, had been reported missing by British relatives four months ago.
    Roadside workers discovered what they believed to be a human skull while carrying out maintenance near the expatriate's home in the province of Santiago del Estero last Thursday”
    #12 Unlike british illegal aliens I consider it shame to have europid links in your blood line, I am not a lemming and I do not have a queen, and if you are right, me above everyone else should have more of a say then the europids who are still trying to theft land and resources. as mr donald you will soon find out that UK is way too far to call the shots in Argentina.

    Feb 13th, 2012 - 09:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BenC30

    15 - And you think you being 400 miles from the Falkland Islands mean you can call the shots there? You are WRONG!

    Feb 15th, 2012 - 12:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Perhaps people might do the same as me and skip right past any comment by Pirate Hunter.

    The site is seriously clogged by those of you who keep trying to point out the error of his ways.

    It's fine to refute sensible comment when it is offered but considered to be wrong or in need of refutation, but please, please don't waste time and effort replying to this person. You know quite well that he gets his kicks from troll wind-ups. It is better for all the rest of us on the site if you simply ignore.

    Feb 15th, 2012 - 05:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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