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Articles by Ignacio Portes

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 …

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Venezuela’s political conflict became even more twisted this week, as Juan Guaidó, who is recognized by the US and a majority of Latin American governments as the legitimate leader of the country, saw his position as head of the National …

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 …

Argentines are getting to know what an Alberto Fernández administration might look like, and the first few days after his win are showing some surprises regarding his relationship with Argentina’s largest partners.

Few would have expected a Peronist government to …

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 …

This month, the government’s claims of Argentina’s economic recovery face a moment of truth.

Throughout September, key statistical indicators which had been previously forged or discontinued during the Fernández de Kirchner administration but that are now back and working will …

A conflict is brewing between the government and the CGT umbrella union, that much is clear to anyone following the news about the escalating tension between the two.

Last week’s protest rally at the Plaza de Mayo was followed …

The government is getting busy with a series of institutional shake ups on different quarters and, following the scandal-ridden suspension of Appeals Court Judge Eduardo Freiler last week, finishing the job at the Central Bank board seems like the …

The ultimate winner of the primary mid-terms in Buenos Aires province will probably only be confirmed more than a week from now, but the big money seems to have already given its verdict, as Argentine bonds, stocks and currency all