2015 is an electoral year in Argentina: major elections for executive and legislative bodies at federal and state level will take place. This election cycle will culminate with the presidential election in October 2015. After two consecutive mandates president Christina Kirchner, who succeeded to her husband Nestor Kirchner as head of state, is facing increasing criticism for her domestic and international agenda.
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Over the past years, traditionally strong and prosperous EU-Argentina relations have encountered several stumbling stones. Trade disputes and the growingly tense political situation in Argentina are provoking increasing tensions. Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner, who has clearly chosen a conflictive discourse towards the EU, is being increasingly criticized both in Argentina and abroad. Continue reading
How will free trade with Europe develop in emerging powers like Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru? Experts from Latin America will expose the perspectives and the potential of their countries for strengthening economic relations with the EU. In fact, Latin American countries have adopted different positions vis-à-vis free trade in the past years. Mexico and Peru have successfully transformed their economies to open, market-based ones. By contrast, Argentina and Brazil are pursuing political strategies which isolate them from the world economy. Indeed, increasing prices in Brazil have prevented its industrial sector from being competitive at the international level. Brazil´s answer was protecting its firms from the exterior. Nevertheless, the positive development of more dynamic Latin American economies has encouraged Brazil to restart EU trade talks. Mexico and Peru have already signed free trade agreements with the EU. Which are the perspectives of transatlantic trade? What do the involved countries expect from opening up their markets? These and more questions will be discussed with international experts.