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Mercosur must have an only voice and act as a block, advises former leader Sarkozy

Friday, November 29th 2013 - 07:39 UTC
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“Mercosur must have greater integration, act with an only voice and operate as a block”, advised former French president Nicholas Sarkozy at a business conference in Buenos Aires, where he also underlined that without the European Union, “France or Germany could have disappeared from the world map” Read full article


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  • Anglotino

    Oooh a European telling Argentina what to do…. where's Nostrils? Home from high school yet?

    Nov 29th, 2013 - 08:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Be serious

    The EU is an example of what not to do.

    Nov 29th, 2013 - 09:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    LOL Mercosur is a better example than the EU.

    Nov 29th, 2013 - 01:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GFace

    Yes, because France never talks directly to any other country treats its various alliance memberships like a cafeteria plan. Now I need to clean up my breakfast table from the coffee and snot from my routine AM sinus cleaning, courtesy of mercopress :-P's morning WTFery. Hey, it beats a netipot.

    Nov 29th, 2013 - 02:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Sarkozy is saying to Argentina:
    “Don't be afraid. You CAN do it!”

    But only the frightened people are in power.

    Nov 29th, 2013 - 03:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura

    SA should have good relations and be good neighbors amongst each other...All meant in practical terms, the politicians love to talk about integration but at meetings behind doors they swear at each other....(Dilma and CFK)

    We dont need a conglomerate of states like the EU.
    Germany knows their goods would not be purchased by the rest of the countries of the Eurozone if they had their own currencies devaluate against them. Germany will pay whatever it takes to keep the Euro.

    Nov 29th, 2013 - 03:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Don't you just love the MP picture editor?

    Another gem! The caption could also say ”I never favored drawing back into imaginary borders and paper dikes”, said Sarkozy and this is the finger I use for dikes, nod, nod, wink, wink, you know what I mean!

    Pity the rest of the talk was crap. Anyway argies don't need a former colonialist to lecture them, they know it all!

    Nov 29th, 2013 - 06:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    lets hope CFK goes to town on the Frenchman,
    it might take some of the heat off , of us,
    just a thought..

    Nov 29th, 2013 - 08:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • felipeordonez

    I'm not sure what possessed Nicholas to pontificate on the value of the EU in the Mercosur context – one would have thought that the experience and record of the EU and the Eurozone over the last five years might have deterred anyone from extolling the virtues of this shambolic arrangement. But that's not my point: I just question the editor's use of the tag “former leader” when describing Nicholas Sarkozy. He remains a force in French politics, and at the moment shows every sign of becoming president again.

    Nov 30th, 2013 - 07:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Sarkozy IS speaking for Europe.
    The EU needs to win export markets as well as tie-up import deals from Brasil in particular. If that means doing the same deals with the other Mercosur countries then OK.
    But, at a time when the rest of the world is doing the big, long-term trade/trade bloc deals, the EU does need to do deals quickly.

    Mercosur is moving at zero-speed, with no hope on the horizon of any partner breaking through the Argentinian intransigence.
    Yes, all Mercosur countries are suffering as a result, but Argentina is making the rest of the world suffer as well ... this probably pleases it in a convoluted sort of way (“It doesn't matter how much the Argentinian people suffer as long as they see that others are also discomforted”).
    This is a great way to de-develop a country if that's what they want; but, meanwhile, the rest of the world MUST move on.

    The time has come to leave Argentina behind.

    Nov 30th, 2013 - 10:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Its a bit rich Sarkozy lecturing Argentina when they have the most protectionist agricultural policies in the EU.

    Nov 30th, 2013 - 02:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    the EU has not been signed of for decades,

    she should clean in house first..

    Nov 30th, 2013 - 06:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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