Brazil's economy has stalled in the last few years, despite huge investment in the upcoming World Cup. Its GDP has shrunk from a hefty 7.5 percent in 2010 to just under 1 percent in 2012.
Argentina and Mexico are important trading partners for Germany - all the more so as Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to Latin America in search of allies against US President Donald Trump's protectionist leanings.
As the crisis in Venezuela worsens, Cuba continues to throw its support behind the government in Caracas. How much influence does Havana hold over President Nicolas Maduro?
For a long time, Argentina blocked expansion of the South American free trade association. But the country now has a new president who is intent on pushing free trade. Brazil, however, is likely to step on the brakes.
Amid a corruption scandal over the sale of rotten food, China has put a stop to the import of meat from Brazil. The EU may follow soon. Brazil’s government is trying to assure consumers there has been no health risks.
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