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    1. September 27, 2015

      Pacific Alliance seeks leverage by joining bigger groupings

      Latin America’s rival trade blocs — the two-decades-old Mercosur anchored by Brazil and the much younger Pacific...

    2. September 27, 2015

      Pacific Alliance countries draw strength from liberal worldview

      Economic integration is often presented as a matter of intensified cross-border activity. As such, the Pacific Alliance...

    Special Reports

    1. Investing in the Pacific Alliance Countries

      The members of the Pacific Alliance — Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Colombia — are more sta...
    2. The New Trade Routes: Brazil

      Brazil is undergoing a deep shift in trade flows with the end of the commodity supercy...
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    1. beyondbrics

      August 20, 2015

      What a new Argentina could do for Brazil

      By Arturo C. Porzecanski, American University During the past dozen years, Argentina has been a destabilizing economic...

    2. July 1, 2015

      Brazil hails long-awaited EU trade breakthrough

      Mercosur and the EU appear set to exchange formal offers on tariffs by the end of the year, raising hopes that the...

    3. beyondbrics

      June 10, 2015

      A false war fades: the end of Brazil-Mexico rivalry?

      For much of the past two decades, Brazil and Mexico seemed at times to be on a collision course. Diplomats from Latin...

    4. December 2, 2014

      Mercosur fails to open doors as others seek alternatives

      When the European Union and Mercosur began discussing a trade deal in 1999 the logic seemed unavoidable and...

    5. September 25, 2014

      South America’s boom time is over, now for the political hangover

      Venezuela may be teetering on the brink of a default. The Argentine economy is on the ropes. And Brazilians, fed up...

    6. September 24, 2014

      Silva to seek trade deals for Brazil

      A government under Marina Silva will seek to strike trade deals with the US and the EU even if there is resistance from...

    7. beyondbrics

      July 28, 2014

      Argentina: The politics of a Griefault

      It may be difficult to argue convincingly that a default could be anything but bad for Argentina’s economy – the real...

    8. July 21, 2014

      Asean: Long on optimism

      When online travel search company Skyscanner wanted to expand in Asia, its management decided not to try China first,...

    9. beyondbrics

      July 10, 2014

      Opinion: a summit of Brics without straw

      If you’re an emerging market and there’s a geoeconomic grouping you’re looking for, you’ve got a few to choose from. In...

    10. beyondbrics

      June 13, 2014

      Guest post: Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance - do opposites attract?

      By Samuel George of the Bertelsmann Foundation When the presidents of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru meet on June 19...

    11. April 1, 2014

      Santos: Pacific Alliance seek closer political ties

      The Casa de Huéspedes Ilustres, Colombia’s presidential residence on Cartagena’s bay, was abuzz as the evening sun...

    12. April 1, 2014

      Mercosur views Pacific Alliance with unease

      To the east of the Andes, the countries that stretch out towards South America’s Atlantic coast – which together form...

    13. April 1, 2014

      Pacific Alliance takes pragmatic approach to integration

      So far this year, it has mostly been bad news from Latin America, as it has from many emerging markets. There have been...

    14. beyondbrics

      February 11, 2014

      Pacific Alliance: moving forward

      Peru's Ollanta Humala, Chile's Sebastián Piñera, Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos, Mexico's Enrique Peña Nieto and Costa...

    15. beyondbrics

      November 21, 2013

      Venezuela: who ya gonna call? Samsung!

      Venezuela and North Korea would appear to be good buddies. However, perhaps it is in the south of the Korean peninsula...

    16. August 14, 2013

      Trading partners

      In 1991, when Brazil joined three of its neighbours to found Mercosur, the pact was hailed as South America’s answer to...

    17. August 11, 2013

      Brazil faces brave new world of making hard decisions

      During the boom years, Brazil was often saved from taking hard decisions. Asian demand for commodities buoyed its...

    18. August 11, 2013

      Brazil reaches out to EU for trade deal

      Brazil’s rising prosperity has led it to consider pushing for its own trade deal with the EU, after years of struggling...

    19. beyondbrics

      July 11, 2013

      China: can Mercosur members agree?

      China’s interest in Latin America is clear: the region supplies the raw materials it craves and handily also provides...

    20. July 7, 2013

      The Week Ahead: July 8 – July 14

      • Companies week ahead • • Economic Outlook: Fed minutes may contain QE timetable clues • See a full guide to the...

    21. beyondbrics

      May 23, 2013

      Pacific Alliance: the most exciting thing going on in LatAm these days

      On Latin America’s Pacific rim, deepening free trade appears to be the name of the game, as the region’s pro-markets...

    22. The World

      May 8, 2013

      A second global institution turns to Latin America for renewal

      Was it the man or the country? Roberto Azevêdo is a polished negotiator, a seasoned trade diplomat and in many ways a...

    23. beyondbrics

      March 18, 2013

      Who's trading with Argentina? Not Brazil

      Not so fast buddy! Brazilians’ nickname for Argentines is hermanos, or brothers. But when it comes to trade, the two...

    24. beyondbrics

      March 12, 2013

      Brazil-Argentina: it's a love-hate relationship

      If Latin America was a gated community, Brazil and Argentina would be the neighbours that just cannot get along....

    25. beyondbrics

      February 27, 2013

      Guest post: blocless Brazil

      By Marcos Troyjo of Columbia University Brazil’s strategy for growth over the past decade has favoured more than just...

    26. The World

      January 29, 2013

      Latin America's "new unity"

      Presidents Raul Castro of Cuba (L) and Sebastian Piñera of Chile during a summit of Latin American states on Monday...

    27. beyondbrics

      January 3, 2013

      Further reading: earning for learning

      Thursday’s picks from the beyondbrics team: the high price of education is lowering the South Korean birth rate; an...

    28. beyondbrics

      December 7, 2012

      Hugo Chávez: rumour mongers got it wrong again

      Classic Chávez: just when people were beginning to suspect that he was at death’s door, sending bond prices through the...

    29. beyondbrics

      December 6, 2012

      ¿Dónde está Chávez?

      It was meant to be a big day: a chance for Hugo Chávez to celebrate Venezuela’s glorious accession to the South...

    30. November 29, 2012

      Brazil warns on Argentina debt ruling

      Alexandre Tombini, Brazil’s central bank governor, has warned that a US court decision ordering Argentina to pay...

    31. August 20, 2012

      A world without Europe spells danger and woe

      The return of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis is redefining the region’s relationship with the outside world. Whether or...

    32. beyondbrics

      July 31, 2012

      Chavez ♥ Mercosur

      Both leaders looked delighted. But while Dilma Rousseff may simply have been gleefully glimpsing the bounce in trade...

    33. July 12, 2012

      Paraguay counts cost of Lugo’s sacking

      When the US embassy in Asunción, Paraguay, was preparing to hold its annual Fourth of July celebrations this year it...

    34. beyondbrics

      July 3, 2012

      Chávez: into Mercosur by a side door

      So, four weeks from now Venezuela will become a full member of Mercosur, the dysfunctional trade block set up in 1991...

    35. June 29, 2012

      Neighbours balk at sanctioning Paraguay

      South American presidents have condemned the ouster of Fernando Lugo in Paraguay but have stopped short of sanctions as...

    36. beyondbrics

      June 28, 2012

      China-LatAm: lots of pledges but will the money come through?

      It sounds good – an emerging powers’ pact in the form of free-trade deal between China and members of the South...

    37. beyondbrics

      June 26, 2012

      Paraguay bank pulls $200m bond sale

      Banco Continental Paraguay’s $200m bond sale is the first tangible casualty of the spillover of Paraguay’s political...

    38. June 25, 2012

      Lugo rallies resistance in Paraguay

      Fernando Lugo, ousted as president of Paraguay in what he said was an “institutional coup”, summoned his ministers to a...

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