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Articles by Ignacio Portes

President Alberto Fernández had to deal with an unexpected conflict this week, after a group of Buenos Aires Province policemen organized a widespread protest that escalated to a point in which dozens of armed officers surrounded his presidential residency with …

The words of former president Eduardo Duhalde last week about the high likelihood of a “coup d’etat” in Argentina were inevitably a shock in a country with a long history of bloody interruptions to democratic order, which has seemingly left …

President Alberto Fernández tightened the leash on telecommunication companies in Argentina by declaring the provision of internet, cell phone and subscription-based television as essential public services, giving the government scope to regulate prices and intervene more closely in the sector’s …

Politics in Argentina happen just as much in the streets as in Congress or the voting booth. And with pessimism reigning, an increasingly deteriorated economy and continued political polarization, President Alberto Fernández is already facing large angry mobilizations against his …

The memory of a country whose lockdown had stopped the spread of COVID-19 in most areas, with the salient exception of the Buenos Aires Metropolitan region, is seeming more and more distant in Argentina lately.

While daily cases and deaths …

Argentina finally secured an agreement with some of the world’s biggest asset managers to restructure the New York-based tranche of its defaulted debt, totaling USD 65 billion, with Economy Minister Martín Guzmán and Blackrock, Ashmore, Fidelity and other giants simultaneously …

It wasn’t long ago that Mauricio Macri handpicked Horacio Rodríguez Larreta as the candidate to succeed him as Buenos Aires City mayor, months before going on to become President in 2015. But Macri and Larreta are now going down different …

We at The Essential have decided to drop our paywall so everyone can access all of our content related to the coronavirus pandemic. To help keep our relevant reporting and coverage free, we have dramatically cut the cost of our

With 15 years of rule from a center-left coalition, Uruguay stood as an exception to the rightwards shift in the continent seen over the last few years. But the trend seems to be coming to an end, as the center-right …

The Finance Ministry was celebrating yesterday after the first truly comparable job market stats in years published by the INDEC statistics bureau showed a decline of 0.6 percentage points in the unemployment rate. But a detailed look at the report …