Mercosur: Argentine minister accuses Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay of pure ideological dogmatism

Argentina, which is increasingly slipping to the left, is struggling to cope with the trade policy of its three right-wing Mercosur partners.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Matías Kulfas, Argentina's Minister of Productive Development, admits that Mercosur is going through "a tense moment". Partners such as Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil want more flexibility and lower external tariffs, and the last meeting of the organization a few days ago concluded with tensions.

"It is not true that Argentina refuses to reform Mercosur," says Kulfas, during an interview with 'El Pais' in his ministerial office. "We want reform, but with time and in a pragmatic way. The idea that reducing tariffs as requested by Uruguay, Brazil, and Paraguay will modernize everything all at . . .

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