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Main Mercosur obstacle is Argentina, say Brazilian farmers promoting an EU/Brazil trade accord

Friday, June 21st 2013 - 06:03 UTC
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One of Mercosur ‘main obstacles’ is political and has its origin in Argentina, a country that is ‘extremely protectionist’, said the president of Brazil’s National Agriculture Confederation, CAN, Senator Katia Abreu currently in Brussels promoting the idea of a bilateral Brazil/EU free trade agreement. Read full article


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  • Be serious

    Argyland pussies holding back Brazil again.
    Brazil Government should start getting tough with Argyland and tell them who is Boss.

    Jun 21st, 2013 - 12:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    Time to get out of Mercosur, it serves only Argentina, and holds back everyone else.

    Jun 21st, 2013 - 02:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • MagnusMaster

    Argentina isn't ever going to go back to free trade again, not after what happened in 2001.
    I don't understand why Brazil wants an accord with the EU so bad, their manufactures aren't competitive and they will get destroyed if they import from the EU, thus losing lots of jobs. Do they want to live on coffee again? I hope if they reach an accord with the EU they don't change their mind later, like they did with Mexico.

    Jun 21st, 2013 - 03:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Math

    I think our manufactures needs to be gradually destroyed. Why protecting the people to consume good brands? The automobiles protetionism is the worse, a 70 years old senile policy. We have been buying shit for a long time in the name of the “national industry”. We must find what we are good at and improve it. Actually, look at the richer regions of Sao Paulo state and you'll realize what it is: agribusiness. The problem is that we are not a little country like New Zealand or Chile, so liberalizing the economy has high political costs.

    Jun 21st, 2013 - 07:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    I can understand Argentina's position - they are in a lot of trouble and Protectionism might keep them employed and prevent the outflow of cash for imports.

    However, it goes not look like it is on Brazil's best interest to tie themselves to Argentina through Mercosur, it just limits their freedom to trade with other nations and find new markets for their goods.

    A FTA with the EU would have to be carefully considered, though.

    Jun 21st, 2013 - 07:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Agustin Tomas O'brien Caceres

    that would be very interesting for our import export business of grains between Argentina, Brazil, and the USA.

    Jun 21st, 2013 - 09:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • MagnusMaster

    @4 you can't employ 300 million people with agrobusiness. Not even 40. 5, tops. Agrobusiness is one of the least human-intensive areas and has little to no added value (and if there is added value, it's owned by Monsanto), that's the reason Argentina and Brazil embraced protectionism. If you want to feed large populations you need either an industry or valuable tecnology you own. Savages like us that only know how to plant crops and assemble CKD kits need to evolve or we'll continue to get enslaved by the Saxons and the Asians.

    Jun 22nd, 2013 - 01:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Math

    @7 You have a point.

    Jun 23rd, 2013 - 03:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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