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    1. 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 unassailable....

    2. 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 with...

    Special Reports

    1. New Trade Routes: Pacific Alliance

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

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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