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Mercosur summit to discuss incorporation of Bolivia and Ecuador as full members

Monday, December 3rd 2012 - 04:58 UTC
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The Mercosur summit which meets this week, December 6/7 in Brasilia is scheduled to debate the incorporation of Ecuador and Bolivia to the regional block which earlier this year, after waiting since 2006 finally integrated Venezuela as full member. Read full article


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  • ProRG_American

    GREAT! South America growing stronger and more independent day by day. Congratulations!

    Dec 03rd, 2012 - 05:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    Great! Brazil and Argentina continues to break Mercosur rules by illegally incorporating their buddies into the club, whilst Paraguay is absent.

    And it is illegal. It requires consent from ALL members, that would include Paraguay. So Venezula is illegally part of Mercosur, and it looks like Bolivia and Ecuador will be too.

    So much for South American solidarity. It appears to be a case of 'if the face fits' you're in and if it doesn't then your sidelined.

    Dec 03rd, 2012 - 06:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ManRod

    club of losers getting bigger... You still need Cuba, Haiti and Nicaragua getting in, then you'd be complete!

    Dec 03rd, 2012 - 10:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @2 I thought that “mercoslobs” was supposed to be a “trade” organisation. But I should be able redouble my efforts with MEPs now to get the EU to drop negotiations with this illegitimate organisation.

    ”Uruguayan president Jose Mujica when the controversy in June/July over the suspension of Paraguay and the decision to accept Venezuela as full member, said that sometimes “political reasons are more important than charters and rules”.

    Indeed? Don't dictators usually come out with similar sort of rubbish. But then we all know where the dictatorships are in LatAm, don't we?

    Dec 03rd, 2012 - 10:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR


    Don't leave out North Korea!


    Pepe also said 'Rulers have to ignore the law when necessary'.

    FFS 'Rulers' in this day and age. He has been on the weed too much.

    Dec 03rd, 2012 - 11:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    Quite right.

    “Don't dictators usually come out with similar sort of rubbish”
    Yep. I was thinking the same myself.
    Going off tangentially: about 1,500km separate our copper mines and Paraguay’s abundant hydro power. That is half the distance from proposed hydroAisen to the same mines. It is time we got Bolivia on board, after all, I am sure we could offer them a little slice of something they want.

    Dec 03rd, 2012 - 01:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussie sunshine

    A USA of Latin America!! great!!

    Dec 03rd, 2012 - 01:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Shed-time

    Autocracies of a feather, flock together.

    Dec 03rd, 2012 - 01:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussie sunshine

    well let us hope that they “ flock together” and make this a great continent..

    Dec 03rd, 2012 - 01:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Shed-time

    @9 so you go by the political principle that if you push together some of the most badly-run morally-vacuous nations then you'll somehow get a diamond?

    That, Sir, really does say a lot about latin american logic.

    Dec 03rd, 2012 - 02:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    You never know. Look at Europe, you took well run nations and pushed them together to form a badly-run morally-vacuous super-national grouping.

    Dec 03rd, 2012 - 03:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @10 There are some unimportant parts of LatAm that need to be broken off or gouged out before it will get anywhere. Starting with argieland. Then Bolivia and Ecuador need to be gouged out. Another place to be broken off is, of course, Venezuela. Once you've got all the worm-holes and rot, take it away and sprinkle it in the ocean. Find somewhere really DEEP! Then somewhere like Chile can take the lead. Regrettably, large parts of LatAm show all the signs of requiring the same sort of treatment as that meted out to Germany around 70 years ago.

    Dec 03rd, 2012 - 05:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    A united South America,
    Or a united dictatorship,

    Your future, so no complaining when they stuff you..

    Dec 03rd, 2012 - 07:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Correct, that's why we want out as soon as possible. I think the difference in South America is Mercosur seems to be more if a political alliance as opposed to an economic one. Suspending Paraguay for a purely domestic matter was a mistake, the pushing through the states with despot leaders whilst they are suspended is just downright underhand

    Dec 03rd, 2012 - 09:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

    Again, mostly South American haters...they don't want us know the old saying DIVIDE AND CONQUER...the US and the EU use it in order to keep control while they keep the US and the EU zones UNITED in order to keep in charge. The late now..the genie is out the Mercosur will take in Colombia, Peru and Chile..It is a matter of time.

    Dec 04th, 2012 - 01:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ManRod

    “next Mercosur will take in Colombia, Peru and Chile”

    As long, as we, the population of these 3 nations are still mostly mentally sane, we will know how to avoid it!
    I rather believe, that there might be Mercosur Members joining the alliance of the decent, like Uruguay and Paraguay. Seems the air in the pacific isn't that poluted like in other places, where it seems to eat brains.

    Dec 04th, 2012 - 08:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    But in this case,
    Its divide and survive
    they will bring you to ruin.

    Dec 04th, 2012 - 02:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    100% agree.

    There are better ways to be unified than through Mercosur. If you think Mercosur equals a united South America, then you are very wrong. Ask the Greeks how united they feel right now. They have partially lost sovereignty.

    In Mercosur there is one giant (Brazil), one dwarf (Argentina) and then a few smurfs. It is a partnership of unequals and doomed to fail in its current form. Mercosur is hopeless.

    “next Mercosur will take in Colombia, Peru and Chile” – so the 3 fastest growing countries in the region, all of which have successfully negotiated FTAs with dozens of countries and trade blocs around the world are going to join a hopeless pseudo-trade/ideological bloc in which the two principle members can’t even agree on bilateral trade issues? It is more likely the world ends on the 21st of this month.

    It is not the US/EU which divides us, it is the mighty Andes... and from this side the future is north, west and bright.

    Dec 04th, 2012 - 02:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Shed-time

    When is iran joining?

    Dec 05th, 2012 - 09:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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