About: Latin America

Development Policy 19-02-2018

Latin America lagging behind on women’s rights

Imprisoned for having an abortion, forced to keep a child born out of rape, pushed to commit suicide: women pay a heavy price in Latin America, where several countries’ legislation greatly restricts abortion. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Economy & Jobs 06-02-2018

Forcing another free trade deal could result in a more divided Europe

As trade officials desperately try to move the long-delayed EU-Mercosur agreement forward this week, we must stop and consider that this deal is likely to go far beyond the balance of trade, and increase economic, social and political divisions within both continents, writes Helmut Scholz.
Development Policy 15-01-2018

Global backlash over Trump’s ‘shithole’ remark

African politicians and diplomats labeled US President Donald Trump a racist on Friday (12 January) after he was reported to have described some immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from “shithole” countries.
Development Policy 11-07-2017

EU development chief: ‘We will not abandon Latin America’

The European Commission has proposed a new strategy that would exploit Spain’s strong ties with Latin America in order to help middle-income countries that are not eligible for development aid. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Global Europe 23-05-2017

EU and Latin American lawmakers take stock of bilateral ties

Members of the European Parliament and their Latin American counterparts meet today (23 May) and tomorrow in Florence to evaluate bilateral relations and prepare for the next CELAC summit in October. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Economy & Jobs 31-03-2017

EIB vice-president: ‘Despite Brexit, Europe has much to celebrate’

Despite Brexit, the threat of populism and the hostile winds blowing from Washington, the European Union has "much to celebrate", the European Investment bank’s Vice-President Román Escolano said in an interview with EuroEFE.
Future EU 17-03-2017

Spanish think tank: Spain needs to anchor itself in EU’s ‘big four’

Spain has to cement itself among the European Union's 'big four' after the United Kingdom's departure from the bloc, the Elcano Royal Institute's lead analyst told EURACTIV's partner EFE.
Trade & Society 06-02-2017

Merkel hopes for ‘fair’ EU-Mercosur trade deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday (4 February) that she would work toward securing a "fair" free-trade deal between the EU and Mercosur, the South American economic bloc.
Global Europe 01-12-2016

A turning point for EU relations with Latin America

Europe must strengthen its ties with Latin America to promote democracy, social progress and equality in the age of globalisation, write Ramón Jáuregui and Carlos Zorrinho.
Renata Dubini
Development Policy 16-11-2016

America’s own refugee crisis prompts UN call to action

Europe isn’t the only region facing a refugee crisis. Rising levels of violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras - the so-called ‘Northern Triangle’ – is causing displacement in Central and North America, said Renata Dubini, Director of the UN Refugee Agency’s Bureau for the Americas.
Development Policy 06-10-2016

EU suspends Colombia fund after shock vote

The European Union announced Wednesday (5 October) it would suspend a development fund earmarked for Colombia, following a referendum in which voters rejected a peace deal with the FARC rebel group.
Trade & Society 18-07-2016

Spain promotes self as ‘bridge’ between continents at Mongolia summit

At the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Mongolia, Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo outlined the role of his country as a "bridge" between Asia and Latin America. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Agrifood 13-05-2016

Farmers: Mercosur deal will hit EU agricultural exports ‘tremendously’

EU farmers are concerned about recently re-launched trade negotiations with Mercosur trade bloc, claiming that European agricultural exports will be negatively affected.
Euro & Finance 12-04-2016

I use cash, and I’m not a criminal

Politicians left and right have begun calling for a ban on large-denomination banknotes and restrictions on cash payments as a means of fighting crime, money laundering and terrorism. Their argument is flawed, writes Guillaume Lepecq.
Trade & Society 18-03-2016

EU in Latin America trade push

The EU is in a drive to deepen trade ties with Latin America. It is eager to do business with Cuba, and on the cusp of relaunching negotiations with Mercosur. We will soon start learning what some of the commercial stakes are, in key talks to be launched with Mexico and Chile.
Zika virus
Development Policy 12-02-2016

The EU’s response to Zika: Old wine in new bottles?

Fundamental research into the effects of the disease, and into vector control for this and other diseases is welcome, but it will not address the immediate lack of a vaccine, writes Cecile Vernant. 
Zika
Development Policy 03-02-2016

Commission earmarks €10 million for Zika virus research

In order to combat the Zika virus, which is spreading rapidly throughout Latin America, the executive wants to allocate €10 million from the EU budget.
Development Policy 26-01-2016

The Internet of Things can help achieve the SDGs

The Internet of Things already promises to transform daily life in rich countries.  And a new generation of farming and healthcare techniques is improving the quality of life of the world's poorest populations. Our partner La Tribune reports.
Development Policy 15-12-2015

Latin American exports to EU drastically fall

Exports from Latin America and the Caribbean will fall roughly 14% this year to $914 billion (€829 billion) as a result of sharply lower commodity prices and anaemic international demand, according to the Inter-American Development Bank.
Development Policy 17-08-2015

How developing countries are paying a high price for the global mineral boom

A 200ft deep pit gapes where three years ago stood a mountain. Fields where small farmers planted rice and grew fruit are now an industrial site.
Uber protest
Transport 07-07-2015

Latin America, Europe cab drivers team up against Uber

Taxi driver associations from Latin America and Europe teamed up in their campaigns against Uber and Cabify, following sometimes violent protests over the ride-booking apps.
Global Europe 17-06-2015

EU-LAC: In need of a new roadmap

Last week’s EU-CELAC Summit addressed a host of issues but missed the opportunity to cement the strategic relationship between Europe and South America, writes Susanne Gratius.
Global Europe 11-06-2015

Reaching greater summits

A summit of European and Latin American leaders could take the continents’ relationship to new heights, if they can make progress on trade and are willing to talk about Venezuela, writes Dita Charanzová.
Development Policy 10-06-2015

The EU-CELAC ‘Partnership’ fails the coffee test

The value chain behind a cup of coffee provides a striking example that, in spite of all beautiful words about EU’s commitment to development aid, this business amounts to rude exploitation, writes Fernando Morales-de la Cruz.