Mercosur: Not a Trade Alliance But An Ideological One

The entry of Venezuela to the South American block has consolidated its character as being driven more by domestic political considerations that modern commercial criteria.

Friday, June 7, 2013

"We need to get rid of this straight jacket, since we will not conclude any agreement while having Argentina and Venezuela as partners," said Roberto Giannetti, director of the Department of International Relations and Foreign Trade of the Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo (Fiesp). reports that "A powerful central industrialist in Sao Paulo demanded of Dilma Rousseff's government that Brazil be "freed" from Mercosur, believing that it is a 'straitjacket', because with Argentina as a partner they will not be able to 'enter into any agreements.' "

In recent statements, Nicaraguan business leaders have asked their government to manage the country's entry into Mercosur.

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