Summits do not always reach a peak
28-01-2023 14:51 The CELAC summit came and went without leaving anything in the way of a footprint.
28-01-2023 14:51 The CELAC summit came and went without leaving anything in the way of a footprint.
28-01-2023 00:33 To bring things under control, Alberto’s government would have to slow down the printing presses and greatly reduce public spending, measures that, needless to say, it refuses to contemplate.
27-01-2023 10:59 With German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in town this coming week, the Teutonic presence in Argentina seems as good a topic for today’s column as any.
21-01-2023 06:56 Both the 1947 and the 2002-2003 purges accomplished their missions but we may well be taking current events too seriously if we expect a similar outcome now.
21-01-2023 05:53 Sergio Massa looks no closer to gaining market confidence nor Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to advancing the impeachment of the Supreme Court beyond committee stage in Congress.
21-01-2023 05:41 It has been evident for decades that plummeting birth rates would cause major problems in the medium term and that, unless they were reversed, they would eventually lead to the extinction of our species.
14-01-2023 06:58 Lula might have rallied a hostile Congress, the Supreme Court and most people behind him in outrage against last Sunday’s barbarous assault but nobody wins.
14-01-2023 06:49 The opinion polls in the immediate wake of last weekend’s invasion of the centres of all three branches of government in Brazil show a majority reject both the mob violence and its underlying denial of Lula’s election victory, but by underwhelming margins.
14-01-2023 06:17 While a stalwart minority continues to insist that all comers with a legitimate claim should be allowed in and taken care of, in most places doubts about the wisdom of clinging to what in effect is an open-borders policy are now shared by a rapidly growing majority of their compatriots.
31-12-2022 09:20 The year ending today has left most people feeling stuck in a rut, despite being anything but static. The only forecast that we can make with any certainty for the year now only hours away is that the 40th year since the return of democracy will come with general elections towards its end.
31-12-2022 06:00 War in Ukraine, Alberto on tour, dwindling reserves, another IMF deal; Máximo walks, Guzmán quits, Batakis comes and goes even quicker, Sergio Massa turns ‘super’; Protests, Precios Justos, picketers and a presidential newborn; A national census, a mysterious Venezuelan plane, Mercosur tensions and Coldplay breaking records at River; Controversy at the 'hidden lake,' new grandchildren, CFK convicted and almost assassinated and – just to round it off – a World Cup win in Qatar... just another year in Argentina.
24-12-2022 06:45 The word “catharsis” has been overused in the past month because of its tempting overlap with the World Cup host country’s name but the shoe fits – there was an element of catharsis for a country still emerging from the coronavirus pandemic and enduring over a decade without any sustained growth since that 2010 bicentenary.
23-12-2022 15:26 Politicians and their associates have yet to make out what the reaction to winning the World Cup means for them. If only they could be fêted with such adulation!
23-12-2022 15:16 Over and above singling out Messi, Martínez and Di María, this trophy is a triumph of teamwork, not a one-man show.
17-12-2022 05:55 The Scaloneta’s smooth passage into tomorrow’s World Cup final in Qatar following last Tuesday’s semi-final has given a troubled nation an outburst of unanimous joy not seen in a long time. The key? Teamwork.
17-12-2022 05:32 Argentina’s numerous crises are invariably a fertile field for extended analysis by pundits and economists but this columnist would argue that in many cases the causes can be reduced to a single word – drought.
17-12-2022 03:00 Whatever else Argentina may be, unlike her football team, she is not a meritocracy.
10-12-2022 05:50 It is perfectly feasible that, before too long, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s once imposing political capital will dwindle almost to vanishing point, as did Carlos Menem’s 20 years ago.
10-12-2022 04:45 Raúl Alfonsín’s election victory and inauguration gave most people every impression of a fresh start even if a Radical party then nearing its centenary could hardly be described as a new force.
03-12-2022 05:43 Like much of the rest of the country, Cristina takes it for granted that the law is a weapon the powerful are entitled to use to defend their own interests and punish their foes. This makes what is happening even more painful for her than would otherwise be the case.
26-11-2022 06:47 If Argentina’s experience is anything to go by, fiscal laxity when the going gets tough can have ugly consequences.
26-11-2022 06:44 The traumas of 1977, when Hebe de Bonafini lost both her sons, were the turning-point in her life, taking her from complete obscurity to a place in Argentine history and even the world spotlight.
26-11-2022 01:52 Argentina has very concrete problems resulting from the seemingly abstract factor of legal security.
19-11-2022 06:50 The main barrier facing Qatar, and many others, is the overwhelming Euro-American monopoly of this event – not only all 21 World Cups until now (nine on this side of the Atlantic) but 163 of the 168 quarter-finalists since 1930.
18-11-2022 00:13 Argentina’s main risks currently lie in peso rather than dollar debt since obtaining rollovers from the IMF seems to be pushing at an open door. In contrast, peso bonds and the resulting quasi-fiscal deficit cannot be underestimated as prime causes of swelling the peso demand for the dollar.
12-11-2022 07:04 Argentina’s unhappy plight owes much to the ruling class’s strong adherence to the fixed-term political system which is enshrined in the Constitution.
12-11-2022 06:17 In the context of a lethal global cocktail being compounded by so many urgent socio-economic problems here, it seems incredibly absurd that judicial issues should continue to dominate the local political agenda.
11-11-2022 12:13 There has long been talk of polarised politics but perhaps a new PPP – polarised political parity, not public-private partnership – is the message from the elections of the last few weeks.
05-11-2022 06:22 Alberto Fernández raced to São Paulo to congratulate a victorious Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva yet no mirror of his own future awaited him in Brazil.
05-11-2022 06:14 There is a strong case for presenting that Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata exactly 17 years ago today and the surrounding anniversaries as the true birth of Kirchnerism.
05-11-2022 06:00 For years now, the dissatisfied with this state of affairs have been looking for something different. Their ongoing search for new blood has had some startling results.
29-10-2022 06:00 It looks like Argentina will have next year the Budget which it never could in this – that is the main upside after long hours of parliamentary debate which have done nothing to redeem politics from its current disrepute.
29-10-2022 06:00 The long-predicted but frequently postponed crack-up seems to have arrived.
29-10-2022 06:00 My first interaction with Mauricio Macri started off on the wrong foot but, far more importantly, I would argue that he started off on the wrong foot.
22-10-2022 06:33 Since a moving picture can also be worth a thousand words, this week's column will leave the trial to the film and instead try to fill out the context of that year 1985.
22-10-2022 06:30 The coalition that Cristina assembled in order to beat Mauricio Macri is so fragile that important bits, among them the bellicose faction that answers to her, have swung into opposition.
22-10-2022 06:20 Understanding a problem is the most important half of the solution.
15-10-2022 06:29 To handle what is happening, governments make out that, after a period of belt-tightening that can be blamed on Putin, things will return to normal. Will they, or rather, can they?
15-10-2022 06:26 With the exits of Gómez Alcorta and Moroni in the first half of this month, President Fernández has now parted company with fully three-quarters of his original 20-strong Cabinet.
14-10-2022 09:11 The vested interests benefitting from inflation in Argentina are extremely powerful and go a long way towards explaining its extraordinary persistence.
08-10-2022 07:00 The way things are shaping up, the Russian Federation could soon find itself consigned alongside them to what Leon Trotsky called “the dustbin of history.”
08-10-2022 06:00 There are right and wrong ways of addressing both our critics and our supporters and of responding to crisis.
07-10-2022 16:03 In formal and institutional terms there can be no doubt that Peronism is still alive – not only does it account for the current national government but at least 15 of the 23 provincial governors are Peronists of one kind or another.
01-10-2022 07:00 Practitioners of identity politics want all members of a victim group to think the same way.
30-09-2022 14:43 The press never tires of reminding us of Bolsonaro’s appalling record with the coronavirus pandemic and Amazon deforestation among other disasters, but the rightist runs into terminal problems even accepting his own premises.
30-09-2022 14:30 Brazil’s presidential election is already being widely billed in advance as a paradigm shift for the region but although it is hard to imagine a change of government not happening and not being for the better, a few caveats would be in order.
24-09-2022 07:26 President Alberto Fernández's maiden live performance at the UN General Assembly caused more of a splash here than in New York and on the basis of a domestic rather than international issue.
23-09-2022 13:16 By now, Putin must know that his “special military operation” has been a humiliating failure and that prolonging it would be almost certain to make things even worse for him.