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Mujica working for more trade agreements and a Mercosur with ‘flexibility’

Thursday, August 16th 2012 - 02:26 UTC
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Uruguay needs “new markets and new partners” and must try to diversify trade with the largest possible number of agreements to make Mercosur more flexible and anticipate the current process in Argentina, said President Jose Mujica. Read full article


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  • ManRod

    Mujica, just admit it... you have already discovered that you haved messed up making yourself ideologically dependent of the mad bitch. You know it, but you cannot admit it in public, because you fear to lose your face. Truth is, you're going to lose your face even faster if you do not start defending the interests of YOUR people, according to the latest uruguayan polls, whereas you only have 39% and falling of the population approving your work.

    Aug 16th, 2012 - 09:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #1 You, and the headline, try to make this look like a rightwing shift, yet ujica says very clearly “the Mercosur born in the nineties when neo-liberalism was prevalent has changed” and praises the inclusion of Venezuela, ie a shift to the left

    Aug 16th, 2012 - 10:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @2 Blind_Scottie_Kirchnerist

    Making it seem that Mujica is praising the left when he did not say anything about that in this article does even your abysmal reputation no good.

    Read it again and you will see that Mujica is referring to the trading partners of Venezuela as an opportunity for flexibility, nothing to do with them being hairy-arsed delusional commie bastards.

    Aug 16th, 2012 - 12:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • uruk

    @I couldn't agree more. Bending his knee servilely before the Black Widow will never be a good idea for Uruguayans. They should know better as they've had enough of her whimsical politics.

    Aug 16th, 2012 - 02:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @2 It's not a shift to right OR left. It's a shift DOWN!! When is the “man” going to get some guts?

    Aug 16th, 2012 - 03:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Elena

    “while they did not belong to Mercosur they subscribed agreements with countries from the Caribbean and we can’t ask them to drop them”.
    “I think this represents a small step for flexibility and that is why we are going to sign an agreement with Peru”.

    I think this explains it , He is considering the inclusion of Venezuela in Mercosur as an example of why Mercosur(sul) need to be more flexible, Venezuela has trade agreements of its own and they can´t ask it to drop them. So he is now inteacting more with the rest of Latam, Mercosur will not survive if it doesn´t become more flexible and lets other countries in despite their trade agreements with other economic blocs.

    I personally think he is just trying to make the best of a hard regional situation.

    Aug 16th, 2012 - 10:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • numnumnum

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    Aug 17th, 2012 - 02:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Harry Stamper

    President Jose Mujica needs to grow some balls as he's being sidelined by Kertchner and will certainly be run ragged by Comrade Hugo.

    Aug 18th, 2012 - 11:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Elena

    Well, as I see it, he probably accepted Venezuela in mercosur because it have him the prefect reason to begin trading with others without completely getting out of mercosur trade agreements. When he visited Mexico he repeated constanly the great need Latam has for getting together and streegning each other´s economy, this seems to be his logic working inside mercosur and out of it with the Pacific Alliance.

    I think at the long term this will be good for both Uruguay and Paraguay, they can now chose to still be in mercosur if only because of the Brazilian market, but now they can also trade with third parties that are outside of mercosur.

    Aug 19th, 2012 - 06:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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