EU Has Trouble Reaching Agreements with Latin American Blocs

The problematic attempts by the European Union to reach trade agreements with Mercosur and CAN are bad precedents.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Association Agreement between Central America and Europe, interrupted in Honduras yesterday when the Nicaraguan negotiators left what was the seventh round of negotiations between the parties, adds itself as unfinished business to the others Europe is attempting to negotiate with the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), comprised of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay and the Andean Community of Nations (CAN).

The article in noted that "this is not the first time that the EU has seen its intentions to reach an agreement with another region frustrated. The EU, made up of 27 countries, and MERCOSUR tried to reach a trade agreement earlier this decade. After several rounds of negotiations, the process was suspended and it has not yet been completed."

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Deputy economy ministers of Central America and the Dominican Republic met in San Salvador to evaluate the region's trade agreements with other countries.

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