Fresh from an incident with Venezuela which delayed and displaced a Unasur meeting, the Uruguayan government is looking for closer relations with the conservative administration of Paraguay, putting the emphasis on regional integration but also in making Mercosur a more open and dynamic trade and cooperation block.
Unasur (Union of South American Nations) presidents will meet next week to respond to the grotesque and illegal meddling of the United States in Venezuelan affairs announced Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa.
The detainees from Guantanamo Base in Cuba that arrived in Uruguay on Sunday as part of an agreement with the US, can leave the country whenever they wish, since they come as 'refugees', announced President Jose Mujica.
Latin America 'unfortunately' has a very low participation in world trade which is a major challenge for the region, according to Gonzalo Rodriguez, member of Mercosur technical staff, who was one of several speakers at the preamble of Unasur summit.
Argentine opposition lawmakers expressed concern about alleged logistic support from Brazil and Chile to British warships and other auxiliary vessels in the South Atlantic and demanded the government of president Cristina Fernández report to Congress on the matter.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez left Thursday evening for El Calafate, Santa Cruz province, to spend the long weekend with her family, presidential spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro reported.
The president of Guyana has suspended the national parliament to avoid MPs passing a vote of no confidence in his government. Donald Ramotar invoked an obscure constitutional procedure to carry out the maneuver.
Venezuela needs a 'major social agreement' to adjust its economy and overcome the current and persistent political conflicts in the country, said Ernesto Samper, chairman of Unasur (Union of South American Nations) during a visit to Brasilia.
Unasur (Union of South American Nations) chairman Ernesto Samper cautioned that recent oil and gas discoveries outside the region, a weaker demand for commodities from China and Europe and the 'evident strengthening' of the US dollar anticipate a slowdown of the region's economy.
Uruguayan pollsters again seem to have missed their target regarding estimate results of Sunday's legislative and presidential elections: the ruling Broad Front coalition presidential candidate Tabare Vazquez took a strong lead in the exit polls, and although he will be forced to a run-off with runner up Luis Lacalle Pou as anticipated, the percentage numbers indicate he should be able to achieve a comfortable win at the end of November, contrary to what was forecasted.