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  1. 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...

  2. 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, even...

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  1. New Trade Routes: Pacific Alliance

    In the short space of two years, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru – the founder member...
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  1. 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 Asia...

  2. 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 and...

  3. 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...

  4. 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 the...

  5. 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 faded...

  6. 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 Rica's...

  7. 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 where...

  8. 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...

  9. 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 external...

  10. 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 to...

  11. 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...

  12. 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 week’s...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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 sides...

  16. 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. Argentina...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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 roof...

  21. 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 American...

  22. 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 so-called...

  23. 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 not...

  24. beyondbrics

    July 31, 2012

    Chavez ♥ Mercosur

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

  25. 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 had a...

  26. 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 by...

  27. 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 the...

  28. 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 American...

  29. 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 crisis...

  30. 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...

  31. June 10, 2012

    The Pacific gulf

    Next year marks the 500th anniversary of the European discovery of the Pacific after Vasco Núñez de Balboa was lured by an...

  32. beyondbrics

    May 22, 2012

    McCain Argentina: not frying tonight

    The chips are down. Canadian frozen fries company, McCain, has temporarily halted production at its plant in Balcarce in the...

  33. beyondbrics

    May 19, 2012

    The weekender

    This week on beyondbrics: A British civil servant broke the Franco-German lock on the EBRD presidency; we rang the...

  34. beyondbrics

    May 16, 2012

    Argentina and Brazil discuss hiking Mercosur tariff

    Charity begins at home. Argentina and Brazil, the two most protectionist nations in South America – actually, two of the...

  35. beyondbrics

    May 15, 2012

    Mercosur: dead in the water

    “I don’t know what Argentina will do. I believe Brazil will have to reconsider Mercosur.” That’s what the head of Brazil’s...

  36. May 10, 2012

    Brazil has little to fear from protectionism

    From Mr Thomas Andrew O’Keefe. Sir, European Union trade commissioner Karel De Gucht’s admonition to Brazil that “it has so...

  37. beyondbrics

    May 8, 2012

    Argentina: cordially irritating

    Brazil and Argentina have always had a love-hate relationship, often manifested on and around the football pitch. But...

  38. May 7, 2012

    EU warns of growing LatAm protectionism

    Europe’s top trade official has warned of “a growing tendency toward protectionism” across Latin America, and appealed to...

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