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Weekly Report - 13 June 2019 (WR-19-23)

BRAZIL-ARGENTINA: Spectre of Fernández hovers over Bolsonaro-Macri meeting

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro paid a short state visit to Argentina on 6 June to meet his peer Mauricio Macri. Bolsonaro’s initial indifference towards Brazil’s southern neighbour appears to have given way to a desire for close cooperation, perhaps as the realisation has set in that Argentina is not just important for Brazil’s economy but that there is also a real chance that the centre-right Macri will be defeated by a leftist coalition including former president Cristina Fernández (2007-2015) in Argentina’s presidential elections in October.

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