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Global Europe 04-08-2020

Borrell takes position against Trump candidate for Inter-American Development Bank

A top European Union diplomat has called for a delay in the vote to choose the Inter-American Development Bank's new president, a closely watched election that has sparked controversy over the first-ever US candidate.
Coronavirus 09-06-2020

Latin America is the new COVID-19 epicentre

Latin America has become the new epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in recent weeks with more than a million cases. The next month will be crucial in slowing the progress of the outbreak in the region, according to Marcos Espinal, an expert at the Pan American Health Organisation.
Global Europe 20-03-2020

Paralysis for Latin America with Argentina lockdown, Rio beach closures

Brazil on Thursday (19 March) announced it was closing land borders and prohibiting entry to people from European and many Pacific Asian countries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as Mexico and Peru reported their first virus deaths.
Development Policy 27-03-2019

US expands abortion ‘gag rule,’ cuts funding to the Organization of American States

The Trump administration on Tuesday (26 March) expanded its anti-abortion policies, cutting funding to the Organization of American States (OAS) and prohibiting the use of US tax dollars to lobby for or against abortion rights.
Global Europe 04-02-2019

EU leaders recognise Guaido in Venezuela

A dozen EU countries formally recognised Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country's interim president on Monday (1 February), after their ultimatum for calling elections in the Latin American country expired.
02-01-2019

Far-right Brazil leader targets crime, lashes out against ‘left-wing ideology’

Brazil's new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro declared a crusade against crime, corruption and left-wing ideology as he took office Tuesday (1 January) for a four-year term at the helm of Latin America's biggest nation.
Economy & Jobs 24-10-2018

Ecuador to rally banana exporters to fight hard discounter Aldi

Ecuador, the world's largest banana exporter, is urging Latin American producers to fight German hard discounter supermarket chain Aldi's bid to pay one euro less per case in 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Development Policy 19-11-2014

Cashless payment hopes pinned on developing nations

SPECIAL REPORT: Business and civil interests representing the mobile payments markets are developing global principles, standards and codes of conduct for digital finance, as cashless payments move to the fore in the developing world, following a meeting this summer in Perth, Australia.
Development Policy 11-02-2014

EU eyes warmer Cuba ties with push for new accord

The European Union agreed on Monday (11 February) to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights in its most significant diplomatic shift since Brussels lifted sanctions on the communist-ruled country in 2008.
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