Comments: New Parliament for Mercosur

> Thanks for these updates! By the way, do we know why Mercosur is still
> limited to 5 countries? Is it because the others (Chile, Peru, etc. )
> don't want to be in or is it because they are not ready or not fit? Has
> Mexico envisaged to participate as well?

Mercosur started as a trade agreement between Brazil and Argentina, they then incorporated the two border countries (paraguay and Uruguay). The andean countries and cultures are different they created the Comunidad Andina a long time back and its parliament has been going seventeen years. CAN vs. Mercosur has been a bit of an issue but chile pulled out of CAN to protect it's mining interests and now Venezuela has moved over to Mercosur so CAN is in the words of Chavez pretty much dead. When Bolivia and Ecuador come across if they do then there will just be the US influenced Colombia and Peru left with Chile on its own.

Posted by Herve at May 22, 2007 08:09 PM

Oh and the Mexican negociations are underway but the Mexican economy is bigger than Brazil's, it has an illegitimate right wing govt. and it is in NAFTA which makes things tricky.


Posted by Tony at May 22, 2007 08:25 PM

It's so bad between Chile and Argentina that they won't join Mercosur? I assume this has to do with the water access...

Posted by Elena at May 22, 2007 09:26 PM

Chile signed a unilateral with the USA and was a member of CAN so could not be a member of Mercosur but it is really Chile that is being isolationist. They find it more convenient to sign unilateral with blocks such as mercosur. That way they can have their cake and eat it too.


Posted by Tony at May 22, 2007 09:55 PM

Thanks for the update. I was wondering, how much do you think Mercosur is a defensive organisation in order to protect those members from interfence from the USA, EU, China etc. Could we see a world with 5 power blocks, USA, Mercosur, EU, India and China in the future?

Also you make reference to the lack of media coverage. Why do you think this is?

Posted by Ian Taylor at May 23, 2007 10:14 AM

Yes Mercosur is defensive. I see China and ASEAN being more closely linked and that being the real powerhouse. Russia and Europe together might become powerful too (don't forget Russia).

As to the media coverage I am speculating but I really think that it is simple, there is no regulation down here so they don't have news except what they want to tell you -- which is not about Mercosur.

They care more about advertising revenue and manipulating society using fear, people are not afraid of mercosur and it doesn't sell ads.


Posted by Tony Phillips at May 23, 2007 04:09 PM