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Signed, not sealed

2 days agoNews : America's View

LAST October, Stephen Harper, Canada’s prime minister, flew to Brussels to sign a trade-and-investment deal in principle between Canada and the EU. On September 26th, the two sides announced the close of negotiations. But despite the back-slapping there may still be work to be done. Show More Summary

And don’t come back

last weekNews : America's View

AS WESTERN democracies struggle with how to deal with homegrown terrorists fighting abroad, the Conservative government of Canada has begun revoking the passports of its foreign fighters as well as people still in Canada planning to join them. Show More Summary

Slower going

last weekNews : America's View

BRAZIL is, famously, one of the world’s most unequal countries. Income of the richest 10% of the population is 38 times that of the poorest tenth. The ratio in Poland, which has similar income per person, is just eight to one. But at...Show More Summary

“This is not a speech. It is a life”

last weekNews : America's View

Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, who is hoping to be granted a second term in next month’s elections, has claimed that only a vote for her can ensure the continuation of the country’s best-known anti-poverty programme, the Bolsa Família. Show More Summary

Fishy figures

last weekNews : America's View

“THE final lie” was what some Argentines called the December 2013 inflation figures published by their country’s statistics agency (INDEC). After the IMF threatened to censure the country for tampering with inflation data, in January INDEC rolled out a new consumer price index (CPINu). Show More Summary

Replacing the pilot

last weekNews : America's View

FOR a long time, the job of being Peru’s finance minister involved taking plaudits. Thanks largely to commodities exports, the country has been Latin America’s stand-out economic performer. Growth has averaged 6.4% annually over the past decade. Show More Summary


2 weeks agoNews : America's View

BONANZA, a tropical town in north-eastern Nicaragua, has attracted gold miners since 1880. Still true to its name, it yields over a thousand kilos of the metal every year. But it is a dangerous place. Last month heavy rain triggered a landslide, trapping 29 miners inside. Show More Summary

Out of the darkness

2 weeks agoNews : America's View

IT HAS been one of the enduring mysteries of Arctic exploration: What happened to the two ships commanded by Captain John Franklin of Britain’s Royal Navy after he set off in 1845 to find a route to Asia through the Northwest Passage?...Show More Summary

From irritation to threat

3 weeks agoNews : America's View

Residents of Santiago have become somewhat immune to the bomb attacks that have dogged their city for the past decade. There have been about 200 of them, but most of the devices have been small and have exploded at night when the streets are empty. Show More Summary

Prentice steps up

3 weeks agoNews : America's View

THE Progressive Conservatives have governed the energy-rich western province of Alberta since 1971, back when Richard Nixon was still in the White House. They have maintained their hold on power by being a “big tent” party with room for a broad range of views and by ditching their leader whenever popular support sags. Show More Summary

The Petrobras affair

3 weeks agoNews : America's View

“IF I talk, there won’t be an election,” Paulo Roberto Costa, a former executive at Petrobras, was supposed to have warned. Now Mr Costa (pictured), arrested in March in a money-laundering probe involving Brazil’s state-controlled oil giant, has started talking. Show More Summary

The death of pragmatism

3 weeks agoNews : America's View

IT WAS billed as a “big shake-up”. With Venezuela immersed in its most severe economic crisis since 2003, President Nicolás Maduro´s announcement of a major restructuring of his government raised hopes that he might have a plan to tackle the problem. Show More Summary

Winds of change

3 weeks agoNews : America's View

CHILE'S vast copper mines have an energy problem to match. They consume 39% of the country’s electricity. But most of them are located in the parched north of the country, and Chile’s hydroelectric power is mainly generated in the rain-drenched south. Show More Summary

Money from nothing?

3 weeks agoNews : America's View

THE refreshment trolley of Ecuador's central bank (BCE) is an unlikely guinea pig for an experiment with electronic money. The BCE wants its snacks cart to be the pilot for payments made via mobile phones and tablets. In future, central-bank...Show More Summary

A game of polarisation

4 weeks agoNews : America's View

EVEN when Argentina defaulted on July 30th, for the second time in 13 years, some nonetheless hoped for a negotiated settlement between the government of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and its “hold-out” creditors. Those hopes are fading. Show More Summary

Marina gains momentum

last monthNews : America's View

“A PASSING wave.” That is how Aécio Neves, the presidential candidate of the centre-right Party of Brazilian Social Democracy (PSDB), earlier this week dismissed the rising popularity of Marina Silva. Ms Silva was propelled to the top...Show More Summary

A conversation with President José Mujica

last monthNews : America's View

The Economist recently interviewed José Mujica, Uruguay’s president, at his farmhouse outside Montevideo (see article). Here is an edited transcript of the conversation. The Economist: You are reaching the final stretch of your five years as president. Show More Summary

The local loop

last monthNews : America's View

IF YOU can’t beat them, change the battlefield. Argentina has been mulling a plan to replace some of its foreign bonds with locally issued ones ever since a New York court ruled in 2012 that it could not pay creditors who accepted its debt swaps of 2005 and 2010 without fully compensating “holdouts” who jibbed at the deal. Show More Summary

A popular president

last monthNews : America's View

FOR a politician who is two years into his term of office, President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic is enviably popular. His approval ratings are sky-high; they reached around 90% in one poll, a level usually associated with dictators rather than democrats. Show More Summary

A fight without a hero

2 months agoNews : America's View

THE stand-off between Argentina and its holdout creditors is like watching a movie in which The Joker battles Lex Luthor: neither side arouses much sympathy. Having defaulted for the eighth time on July 30th, Argentina is a less than model debtor. Show More Summary

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