Brazil Doesn’t See Eye to Eye with Mercosur Junior Members

Mercosur General Carlos Alvarez, Mercosur's standing secretary, admitted it was difficult for the South American trade group to unify positions because "some countries see the global crisis as something distant."

Nevertheless "I will continue to insist on the need to meet and discuss a joint position" before the G-20 summit scheduled for April 1 and 2 in London, said Alvarez during a speech in Buenos Aires to the Ideas Foundation, the brain child of Spanish President José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

"Mercosur as a block will not be present in London but Argentina and Brazil will, so we expect them to reflect a joint position from the block, if we can reach a consensus."

"It so happens not all countries share the perception of the crisis, on one side we have Brazil and Argentina, but the rest don't feel the same way, some are kind of oblivious," added Alvarez.

The former Argentine vice-president said that the current crisis "is not only a confrontation between State and the market," but rather a "civilizing" crisis and requires a completely different cosmos-vision," adding that "we must take advantage of the crisis to rethink a new society."

Mercosur standing secretary general said that Latin America has been the region of the world which most suffered since the advent of the "neo-liberal model" under former US President Ronald Reagan, "but we are now the lab for the search of answers to neo-liberalism."

Further on he pointed out that with the exception of "Rodrí­guez Zapatero in Spain it's most hard to identify new ideas among European progressive leaders" and went on to enumerate the defeat of the left in Italy and the "incredible concentration of power" managed by conservative Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's prime minister.

Another speaker at the Buenos Aires conference was Jesús Caldera, Spanish former Labour and Social Services minister Jesus Caldera who recalled that not so long ago "from the other side of the Atlantic (US) we were urged to throw overboard the "social ballast" of the European model so we could better compete."

However "with the neo-liberal, neo-conservative model the number of poor people in the world and industrial countries has soared and is higher in percentage than fifteen years ago," he emphasized.

Mercopress

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

Ads

You May Also Like

Made in Brazil being exported

Brazil’s Exports Close to US$ 50 Billion, a 17% Growth

Brazil's trade balance result (exports minus imports) maintained a good level of growth in ...

War of Admen in Brazil May Lead to Lula’s Impeachment

It was adman versus adman in Brazil’s Post Office CPI investigating corruption in the ...

A Small Brazilian Curtain Firm Trying to Make It Big Overseas

JJ Cortinas, a curtain company from the southeastern Brazilian state of São Paulo, has ...

Brazil’s Final Congressional Report Reaffirms Vote-Buying Scheme’s Existence

The final report of the Brazilian Joint Parliamentary Investigatory Commission (CPMI) on the Post Office ...

Brazil’s Petrobras Spends US$ 2.5 Billion in 26 Oil Tankers

Transpetro, subsidiary of the Brazilian oil company Petrobras for the logistics and transportation sector, ...

Depressed with Brazil’s Loss Lula Wants to Skip World Cup Final in South Africa

It seems now that Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will not attend ...

Forgotten ‘Brazilian Schindler’ Gets Homage in US

On the 50th anniversary of the death of the ‘Brazilian Schindler,’ Luiz Martins de ...

Only a Federal Program Can End Brazil’s Big Fraud and Educational Shame

Whenever anyone asks for an explanation of the educational shame in one of the ...

As Indy Goes Back to Brazil Brazilians Use Race to Sell their Wares

Brazilian companies are going to make use of the starting race of the Indycar ...

Welcome to Brazil – Say "Cheese"

Simply because Brazilians have to be photographed and fingerprinted in the US is no ...