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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gives a Brazil national soccer team jersey to Argentinian President Mauricio Macri. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gives a Brazil national soccer team jersey to Argentinian President Mauricio Macri before a lunch at the government house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 6, 2019 (AP photo by Natacha Pisarenko).

Bolsonaro and Macri Look for Better Ties to Distract From Their Domestic Troubles

Friday, June 28, 2019

Earlier this month, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made his first trip to neighboring Argentina since taking office. The focus of his visit with President Mauricio Macri was largely on economic issues, as the two presidents discussed ways to deepen trade and investment ties and strengthen Mercosur, the regional trade bloc that also includes Paraguay and Uruguay. But for both Bolsonaro and Macri, their meeting was also an opportunity to advance a positive foreign policy agenda as they both face mounting political challenges at home. In an interview with WPR, Leonardo Bandarra, a research fellow specializing in Latin America at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg, discusses the factors bringing Bolsonaro and Macri closer together.

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