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Bolivia signs Mercosur incorporation protocol and becomes sixth member

Saturday, December 8th 2012 - 04:07 UTC
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Bolivian president Evo Morales subscribed on Friday the Mercosur incorporation protocol which makes it the sixth member of the regional group. The event took place in Brasilia during the Mercosur summit hosted by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. Read full article


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  • Lord Ton

    Another tin-pot dictator joins the club :-)

    Dec 08th, 2012 - 08:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • TipsyThink

    stép by stép acquiring....
    these cold íslánds ! when ?

    Dec 08th, 2012 - 09:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Cocaine for all in Mercosur!

    Dec 08th, 2012 - 09:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    The day you find someone much much stronger to fight your battles for you and is able to launch aircraft without a T45 destroyer dispatching them as they leave the ground. Oh and are prepared to see Buenos Aires get levelled by Tommahawk cruise missiles. When?

    Dec 08th, 2012 - 11:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    “With the signing of the protocol, Bolivia becomes 'a member state of Mercosur'.
    The protocol defines the different stages and commitment to reach the full incorporation of Bolivia to Mercosur.
    The full membership will take place once the Legislatives of the other full members ratify the protocol”.

    i.e. .... not an Associate, but not a Full Member.
    As a 'Non-Full-Member', can Bolivia vote Paraguay out of Mercosur?

    Let's have a look at the Protocol and see what hoops Bolivia is required to jump through.

    As Paraguay will never ratify, Bolivia can never become a Full Member.

    Solution -
    throw out Paraguay or make Paraguay 'an offer it can't refuse'.
    I guess Unasur will provide
    (i) 'diplomatic validity' (citing 'Failed State' and a global-drug-source) and
    (ii) a Continent's worth of armed forces to crush Paraguay if it won't go quietly.

    With Chavez's permission, Paraguay ceases to exist as it is divided into constituent 'states' of the surrounding belligerent nations - Bolivia, Argentina and Brasil.

    Paraguay becomes history and can be swiftly removed from South America's school history books.

    Dec 08th, 2012 - 12:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ptolemy

    Seems like like the real coup occurred in Mercosur not Paraguay. Paraguay was kicked out to let others take over. Standard South American politics on a grander scale.

    Dec 08th, 2012 - 01:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Or the USA can come to Paraguays aid and despatch the nutters at will.

    Sounds like a plan to me:

    Falklands defence force will aid American military

    Chile will keep out of it;

    Argentina won't fight / 100.000 worth of cowards;

    Uruguay will keep out of it / no military;

    Brasil will withdraw;

    The dynamic duo of Correa & Morales will crap themselves and run away;

    Venezuela will fall over in a modern fire-fight. END OFF and all the oil for the USA and the UK!

    Bring it on.

    Dec 08th, 2012 - 02:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

    The usual gang of South America haters...for your information Paraguay will be allow ro rejoin the Mercosur in August 2013..Bolivia and Ecuador will join shorthly and then Chile, Peru and Colombia, Guyana and Suriname will follow...nothing you can do about it...then we will take back the MALVINAS...

    Dec 08th, 2012 - 04:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussie sunshine

    The bigger the union the stronger you are.......

    well done South America: ( not good news for The Falklands)

    Dec 08th, 2012 - 04:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    'Seems like like the real coup occurred in Mercosur not Paraguay.'

    Oh, so, so true.

    Dec 08th, 2012 - 04:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussie sunshine


    This is one new country to be on the look out for....

    If they vote with one voice in matters of military and economics..WATCH OUT, BABY!!

    Dec 08th, 2012 - 04:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Another illegal, illegitimate act by the dictators. And that wimp, Mujica.

    @8 Are you new? Did you know that you're going to die? Reasons? You're not allowed to call the Islands by the “M” word. The, any attempt to take the Falkland Islands will require you to walk on water. Glug, glug, glug. Then, any ships venturing inside the Falklands EEZ will immediately be seized, just like the Libertad. Finally, we believe in the Rommel principle. Kill invaders at the water's edge. Will you be at the front or, like most argies, at the back?

    @9 A “union” of crooks and criminals. Two more countries not to trade with. Ban all LatAm “goods” from Europe. Theyh are not really “goods”, they are “bads”. All contaminated with the flesh-eating MRSA super-bug. Only solution is to sterilise LatAm. Can't use antibiotics. Have to go nuclear.

    Dec 08th, 2012 - 04:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    #8 if you are suggesting the “use of force” due to the members of mercosur, I suggest you check out the UK's military buddies. Perhaps the Brits and the US 4th fleet can perform some joint exercises. I seem to recall Argentina and Venezuela getting bent out of shape when the USA reactivated the 4th fleet who's primary cruising grounds are the Caribbean and the Southern Atlantic off South America. I think the carrier strike group 1 with the Carl Vinson would look mighty pretty cruising south 300 miles off the coast of south america and looping around the Falklands with some joint British exercises, just to let mercosur countries have a peek of what fire power the British and USA forces look like in a combined fashion.

    As for the force of mercosur, Bolivian businesses already have concerns that they will be trapped by the rules of mercosur and see a reduction in exports/sales. Who does mercosur have argeements with....the palestinians and ........anad....and....


    The leadership itself will kill mecosur trying to a united political entity........too many south american egos....

    Dec 08th, 2012 - 06:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • PGH

    GREAT NEWS for Latin America!!!

    Bad news for warmongers ;)

    (are you all veterans or what? Looks like you would fap to an aircraft photo LOL)

    Dec 08th, 2012 - 07:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    Talk about rising

    Dec 08th, 2012 - 08:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

    Captain Poppy what makes you think that the US will help the UK this time...the US needs South America more than the UK...they need new markets you are a faded old country...

    Dec 08th, 2012 - 08:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Keep thinking that antonna, but sleep with one eye open.

    Dec 08th, 2012 - 08:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Cloudwarrior

    Whoa! There seems to b a woeful lack of knowledge by many South Americans on what Mercosur actually is.

    It's a customs union. It tries to wear a veneer of a political union but it is nothing of the sort. So it could have every South American nation as a member and this will still mean squat on Argentina gaining the Falklands.

    Also for anyone (Antonn) to claim that Peru, Chile and Colombia are going to or desire to join is farcical. These nations already have what they want from Mercosur without all the burdensome tariffs and backstabbing.

    Chile, Colombia and Peru have an outward looking trade policy, not an inward one like Mercosur. They also have extremely high growth rates and aren't being dragged down by Argentina and Brazil.

    Indeed Paraguay make realise during its suspension that it might gain more outside than in.

    Dec 09th, 2012 - 06:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Hi, Cloud.
    yeah, I know it's supposed to be a customs union, but it is becoming increasingly politicised and is beginning to operate as a supra-national government of the small nations. It was never meant for this.

    Its customs protocols are massively at odds with similar protocols of the other world trading blocs and there is no evidence of a desire to move towards harmony - quite the reverse, the Mercosur 'protocols' (such as they are) have become a vehicle for blocking trade with the rest of the world.

    The operation of Mercosur is becoming, more and more, a mirror of Chavez's ALBA group - a 'bolivarian' aggregation of poverty-stricken small states hoping to survive by hanging together.
    Now Chavez has got his blocs increasingly aligned and his cash-cow - Brasil - trapped within, the milking can begin.

    Dec 09th, 2012 - 11:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redpoll

    Chavez off to Cuba for another cancer op

    Dec 09th, 2012 - 02:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (20) redpoll


    This opens a door of opportunity to Vice president Nicolás Maduro in the forthcoming elections.......
    A man of the people......
    A decent vorking man.....
    A mix of Lula and Pepe but with just 1/3 of their combined age.....

    Good luck to him and good luck to President Chavez.....

    Dec 09th, 2012 - 02:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ptolemy

    Vice President Maduro? Yes, they have hold elections first,..could be anybody else too.

    Dec 09th, 2012 - 03:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redpoll

    For heavens sake think, Think! Politics is the art of the possible and you try to keep as many of the different social stata on side as possible if not to maimtain yourself in power but at least your party
    She seems to intent on alienating as many sectors of the Argentine society as she can such as:
    The Unions
    The middle class
    The Catholic Church which is the official State religion
    Those nasty oligarchs the farmers who produce most of Argentinas exportable wealth
    The tourists who want to spend thier holidays a way from Argentina
    Now the judiciary with threats of impeachment because they ruled against her
    Business who cant import matierials to reexport with added value
    The Ghanians over the Libertad
    The Us court judges
    Even Pepe judging from his last expressions of hot air
    So whats left? La Campora may get fed up with her and depose her.Quite unconstitutional of course and antidemocratic but then so was the legal impeachment of Paraguays president but at least it was according to thier constitution. In which case Argentina will be suspended from Mercosur of course
    Think ,we have a water bird here called the gallineta which squawks all the time which in common speech is called a tapaculo (cover arse) from its habits. Perhaps you might like to emulate that bird before its too late

    Dec 09th, 2012 - 04:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @13 Excellent. Welcome, cousin. The Royal and United States navies always work well together. As do the Royal and US Marines. And the Royal and United States air forces. Shall we outline the British and American Zones now? Need to exclude Chile and Paraguay in the absence of overt action in support of the dictators.Would you like the north?
    @14 Shall we excuse you because you're a little slow on the uptake? Are you ready for a first strike of 270 Tomahawk cruise missiles. Accept that the Falkland Islands are not “part” of South America. They are British islands in the South Atlantic. None of your business.
    @16 Try to remember. It may not be “your” history. In the period 1939-45, Britain fought for three years ALONE. We fought the Germans, the Italians, the Japanese, the Hungarians, the Romanians and the Bulgarians. By November 1942, the North African Campaign had virtually been won by the British. Famously, all we asked was “give us the tools and we will finish the job.” But still glad of assistance from our American cousins. It shortened the war. “We will NEVER surrender.”

    Dec 09th, 2012 - 04:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    Another deadweight...

    Dec 09th, 2012 - 05:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    Argentine default day impending - 15th December
    Argentine red card impending - 17th December

    Currency devaluation (again) ?


    Dec 09th, 2012 - 06:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    No christmas presents for you nasty argies this year,

    only the decent ones.
    as for CFK, as she is spending your money, it matters not ..

    Dec 09th, 2012 - 07:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ernie4001

    Another clown in the bunch. mercosur it´s an outdated and leftist biased political (not trade) block that is doing worse each day.

    Dec 09th, 2012 - 08:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    dont you think he dresses like one of the beatles.

    Dec 09th, 2012 - 08:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    Brazil takes another step closer to the Pacific.

    The distance from Brazil’s industrial heartland to the Pacific via Bolivia and Arica is half what it is via the Amazon and out through Peru. Half the distance and no Argentine border problems – another goal for Brazil.

    Shame they didn’t think of this before tearing a gash, 1000s of kms long through Brazilian and Peruvian Amazon.

    Dec 10th, 2012 - 02:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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