After 15 years of being governed by a left-wing party, or actually a coalition by international standards (Frente Amplio), Uruguay is the latest country in South America to add some serious emotion to an already rather colourful continent. A nail-biting yet widely admired electoral process

You’ve probably seen the headlines from Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and, yes, Chile. Social unrest, and social violence, and all the memories they imply for our region, are back. We are not political analysts and we will not try to explain here what are some very complex realities. But we have

Shortly after announcing the Mercosur-EU trade agreement, the lesser-known but equally important Mercosur-EFTA agreement followed. Businesses in the European Free Trade Association area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), will soon start benefiting from better access to Mercosur

Argentina ( * sighs * ) Where do we start? A new government, led by Alberto Fernández, will take office on 10th December. Beyond the hype, the don’t-cry-for-me-Argentina-it-takes-two-to-tango cliché headlines and all that, what does this really mean for overseas companies doing business in

That Uruguay punches way above its 3.5m people weight in football or beef, we all know. The country can also compete globally in specific commodities like rice, soybean and wool – but also in industries like software. What people outside forestry often don’t know is that the South American

I know, shocking. You probably know Fray Bentos in the UK because of the steak pies. As Uruguayans, we know Fray Bentos for other reasons: it is a small town in Uruguay and home to a world-famous abbatoir, now UNESCO World Heritage Site (and Torreira’s birthplace, if you’re into

The historic links between the UK and Uruguay are not just evident in utilities, railways or football. Most of the cattle breeds that Uruguayan farmers favour today come from the UK, and nowhere is this link more evident than at agricultural show ExpoPrado. I’ve been attending the show for the