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Mercosur trade deal is a priority for the EU under Italian presidency

Thursday, August 7th 2014 - 06:32 UTC
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Foreign minister Federica Mogherini pledged that under the current Italian presidency of the European Union, top priority will be given to signing the pending trade agreements, among which that with Mercosur still under discussion. Read full article


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  • Conqueror

    There's not a lot of difference between Italy and argieland. Pointless, economically incompetent, incapable.

    Aug 07th, 2014 - 11:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    priority for the EU
    surely the EU cant be this desperate.

    Aug 07th, 2014 - 12:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    I spent three years in Italy: two weeks in country and two weeks elsewhere on my client's instructions (a MAJOR worldwide business, Italian owned).

    The project I was managing for my client involved the purchase from the US of 27 Unix capable workstations and a Unix master station complete with atomic clock for synchronization purposes, all to be used at the Italian owned supplying factory under contract to my client for manufacturing cutting edge telephony equipment.

    The master station went missing between Naples Airport and Caserta (just up the road) and I went to see the site managing director who was at pains to inform me he had already had talks with the gardener (I kid you not).

    When I asked WTF was going on, was he taking the piss because my client was about to pull the plug on the deal and it had better turn up pretty damn quick he explained that the gardener was the local Mafia head honcho for Caserta.

    What the site paid to this guy I do not know and did not want to know but the workstation turned up inside the office I was allocated while I was in country.

    Up to then I was thinking of retiring near Caserta, the people are great and the weather very pleasant but I panned it there and then.

    That is what Italy has to overcome with me each time I read crap like this from an Italian talking head at the EU.

    Aug 07th, 2014 - 06:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    pelotudo 3
    “I spent three years in Italy”

    where exactly?
    in poggioreale?
    guess you have had a great time there, no?

    Aug 07th, 2014 - 10:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jmackiej

    15 years and still not agreed. EU AND mercosur, even when they have signed they wont abide by the rules. So who cares. Its political tick in the box policies.

    Aug 08th, 2014 - 04:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Lucdeluc

    Italy has the best looking cabinet in the Eu.
    Unfortunately that doesn't translate into an efficient and high calibre One.
    #3. Isn't Uruguay similar to Italy?

    Aug 08th, 2014 - 07:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    the imbecile doesn't even know a word of spanish or italian.
    how the f*ck could he know if italy is similar to uruguay?

    Aug 08th, 2014 - 06:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 6 Lucdeluc
    “Isn't Uruguay similar to Italy?”

    Not in the south (Naples and Caserta as stated in my post). Even in the winter the area is dry and the vegetation the colour of straw and the weather far more calm than that of Uruguay.

    Uruguay is green virtually all year round and has prodigious rainfall which soon dries. The atmosphere is MUCH better than Italy. I love the place.

    The north (I know Milan fairly well) is too much like the UK: very industrialised and cold and wet.

    Shame though, Italian is so much more flowing and ‘pretty’ than the version of Spanish used in Uruguay and especially the unintelligible one used in The Dark Country.

    @ 7 Polly

    Oh dear, I see I am touching nerves more and more given your hysterical ‘posts’.

    Poor Polly, never even read the post or doesn’t know WHERE Naples is. More likely both! Ha, ha, ha.

    Now run along and suck your dummy, Dummy.

    Aug 08th, 2014 - 07:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    you are fun.
    and tragicomic.
    it seems you need to post your fake resumé here.
    who do you want to impress, lol?
    and who the fuck cares if you were managing blablabla?
    and who the fuck can believe it anyway?
    if you have ever been to napoli, the only place possible has to be poggioreale.

    Aug 08th, 2014 - 10:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 9 Polly!

    Oh dear, you have made a complete argies arse of that.

    Poggioreale near Naples!!!

    It's on the island of Sicily you twerp: I bet because it was only half an inch away on that child's globe you have you thought it was close! And no I have never been there and we all know you have never been anywhere outside of the shithole that is TDC.

    But keep going, you ARE so funny, just like Isolde says.

    Aug 08th, 2014 - 10:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Lucdeluc

    The atmosphere better in Uruguay, interesting.
    #6 I was referring to the cultural similarities due to Italian migration to
    Uruguay , which I have visited. And yes I speak Italian and my Spanish is poor having spent some time in BA.

    Aug 09th, 2014 - 08:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    so poggioreale is in sicilia?
    you have never left that shithole of pork stanley, you liar.
    at least try to learn how to lie, you moron.

    i was talking about cristina, the biggest liar here. by far

    Aug 09th, 2014 - 12:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 12 Polly

    Let’s get something quite clear, I can’t help it if you were dropped on your head when you were young. Ditto that you did not work at what you thought was a school but was an indoctrination institution rambling on about some mythical islands. Ditto that you never matured into a rational human being but are stuck as an argie.

    I, on the other hand was born in England, went to good schools one of which I had to pass an exam when I was 11 years old to go to. I then managed to pass the exams required to become a professional electrical mechanical engineer because I am intelligent and work hard.

    Being a good engineer and a man (and woman) manager (people LIKE to work for me) saw me get to a Technical Directorship in a company owned by the General Electric Company (UK) when Lord Weinstock was the CEO. Eventually I realised I could make more money working for myself and employing people to work for me. After almost two decades of this I retired to Uruguay.

    Ask yourself a question: would you rather have a job pushing a wheel barrow, oh, you can’t anymore you lost your job, or have my experiences which included coming across arseholes like you: but you see I dealt with them very easily: I SACKED the warped, twisted, ‘give me a living without working for it’ idiots.


    Aug 09th, 2014 - 06:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    blablabla...faked resume.... blablabla
    the thing is you don´t even know that poggioreale is one of the quarters and also the prison of napoli.
    suerely you don´t have the slightest idea about the quartieri spagnoli, the via toledo, the piazza mercato, san martino & san´t elmo, etc.
    and you say you lived 3 years in italy...LOL

    Aug 09th, 2014 - 07:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 14 Polly
    “and you say you lived 3 years in Italy”

    Where did I claim that? Not too good at understanding English are you: ” I spent three years in Italy: two weeks in country and two weeks elsewhere on my client's instructions (a MAJOR worldwide business, Italian owned).”

    I lived in the best hotels around the world all paid for by my clients or did you expect me to have a string of houses just waiting for me?

    AND, I was working. That always involves 10 hour minimum on site and report writing back at the hotel so that when I did get home I did not have to give up my family.

    But you have never experienced hard work at anytime of your life that much is crystal clear. Like all argies they want it without working so you are either a crook and have money or poor; that much is also clear. I wonder which one you are, don’t tell me, let us all guess.

    Aug 09th, 2014 - 10:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    so you didn't live 3 years there, but you spent 3 years there, and yet you don't have the slightest clue about the country or the lingua...
    and don´t tell me it was because of your work.
    you cannot put “islander” and “work” in the same sentence.

    and you are
    where did you study, in the pork stanley community school?

    Aug 10th, 2014 - 12:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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