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EU-Mercosur Agreement: Is 2023 the last chance?

Mercosur was divided at the most recent summit. Brazil urgently needs to provide impetus for a new integration of South America.

Geopolitical relaxation with the USA makes Venezuela interesting again

For four years, the country was an international pariah. That is changing. The German economy should keep an eye on Venezuela again.

The Inter-American Development Bank faces a change in leadership

A more agile funder with more risk appetite and capital would be an asset to the region.

Positive signals for democracies worldwide come from Brazil

The country’s democratic institutions have recently been put to the test, but they have held their ground.

Latin America’s economy caught in the maelstrom of the ailing global economy

Growth prospects are dimming, but the region is already much further ahead than Europe or the USA in fighting inflation.

The Brazilian elections have already changed the political map of Latin America

Right-wing conservatives will dominate Congress and the states, even though a new president has not yet been named.

Brazil’s economy is surprisingly positive

With 2.6 percent GDP growth, low unemployment, a stronger real and high investment inflows, the outlook is favorable.

Foreign corporations cautious about investing in Latin America

Ahead of the constitutional decision in Chile and the elections in Brazil, investors are hesitant to commit. The outlook for growth is also gloomy.

The course for the future of democracies in South America is currently being set

The inauguration of President Petro in Colombia, the referendum on the new constitution in Chile and crucial elections in Brazil are on the horizon.

Mercosur is orienting itself towards Asia

A free trade zone has just been agreed with Singapore and Uruguay wants to open up to China, while the EU and EFTA are holding back.

In Latin America, hawks sit at the central bank levers

In times of inflation, bitter experience has probably led to early countermeasures being taken there.

Latin America’s economies continue to lose competitiveness

Nevertheless, investors seem to choose the region because of the size of the domestic markets.

Will Latin America benefit from the withdrawal of US companies from China?

If the region can become an attractive alternative by improving the business climate, infrastructure, and logistics.

Election forecasts become difficult in Latin America

Representatives of the traditional parties are currently having a hard time at the ballot box. But can the surprise winners deliver on their promises?

Latin America seeks neutrality in geopolitics

Washington is struggling to gather the region’s heads of state for the Summit of the Americas. The countries have been neglected too much – a warning for the EU as well?

Uruguay and Costa Rica global role models as democracies

Even though the systems are under heavy pressure, Latin America remains the region with the highest density of democracies after North America and Western Europe.

Why Brazil and South America are becoming more important for us due to the Ukraine conflict

Because of its wealth of raw materials, energy resources and agricultural products, the region is becoming hotly sought after – this development must not be overlooked.

Mexico’s future prospects darken, but economic conditions are solid

Recent government measures are not only a cause for concern in the economy, but finances nevertheless remain stable.

Latin America votes surprisingly united against Russia

Mexico and Brazil also condemned the invasion of Ukraine at the UN General Assembly. The economic impact is still uncertain.

Surprisingly good outlook for Latin America’s economy

Despite omicron and high inflation, foreign investors are betting on the region. This increases purchasing power, among other things.

Argentina and Brazil move closer to Russia and China

In the current confrontation of China and Russia with the West, South America could move away from Europe.

An OECD offer to South America

Brazil, Argentina and Peru have now the opportunity to become more attractive as business and investment locations through OECD membership.

COVID-19 is back – also in Latin America

However, individual economists see high inflation as a greater threat to growth in the region than the new covid wave.