While trying to settle candidacies and lower tensions, Together for Change advances with a certain unity on the foreign agenda. With our sights set on 2023, foreign policy referents of the opposition alliance formed the “Brazil Group”, a work team to oil the relationship with the president-elect Lula da Silva and thus begin to articulate proposals with the main commercial partner of the country to implement if they become a Government.
The internationalists who met yesterday at the Recoleta Cultural Center make up the four foundations that make up Together for Change: Pensar (PRO), Alem (UCR), Hannah Arendt (Civic Coalition), and Federal Meeting (Federal Republican Meeting). They had already been working at a technical level in a coordinated manner and now they agreed to form this team whose first topic was the analysis of the link with the neighboring country.
As detailed to The uncoveringamong the axes that were addressed, the leaders “assessed the current state of the relationship between Argentina and Brazil” and “agreed on proposals to strengthen it in the medium and long term”. Likewise, they pointed out that “they agreed on the strategic nature of the link and the need to rebuild it” and there they stressed that this must be “regardless” of ideological differences.
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Already during the Brazilian campaign, JxC built bridges with the teams of both Jair Bolsonaro and Lula da Silva. The main link they have with the Workers’ Party (PT) is Celso Amorim, Lula da Silva’s former chancellor between 2003 and 2010 and whose name is coming up again to be part of the next Cabinet. There is also dialogue with economists related to the PT and the rest of the coalition that Lula put together. In the next meetings, they explained to this portal, “advance will be made on a common agenda to consolidate in the future the relationship with the main commercial partner that our country has in the region.”
Likewise, the main issues of Brazilian foreign policy and how they impact Argentina were analyzed. Also the future of Mercosur, especially the possibility of reactivating the free trade agreement with the European Union and explore others, such as with Asia. For the UCR, the link with Mercosur is special due to the declaration of Iguazú, in 1985, between former Argentine president Raúl Alfonsín and his then Brazilian peer, José Sarney. “We need to play as a block on international trade and strategic issues, such as international security,” a radical leader told this portal.
In the different camps of the internationalists they assure that if there is an issue in which Together for Change is “united and organized”, paraphrasing the Kirchnerist group, it is in the vision of what foreign policy Together for Change should execute to return to the Casa Rosada and there they highlight “the legacy” of the macrista administration.
Nevertheless, the result of the election in Brazil exposed the internal differences. Although a large majority welcomes Lula’s victory since they consider him to be “a globalist who will seek the development of Mercosur and the region”, the sector referred to in the “hard wing” had expressed their wish that it be Bolsonaro the winner. This tension was what frustrated the coalition statement when Lula’s victory became known.
As he was able to reconstruct The uncovering, there was a written and agreed text, with general guidelines that were in line with what was worked on in this meeting and explained above, and whose only variant was going to be the name of the winner. However, it was Miguel Ángel Pichetto who disagreed. The former senator of the Front for Victory and later candidate for vice president of Mauricio Macri was publicly shown with Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of the defeated Brazilian president. In solidarity and also in tune with the internal fight with the “dialoguist wing” headed by Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Patricia Bullrich also opposed it and the statement was not published. selective republicanism.
Franco Moccia, Fulvio Pompeo, Fernando Straface, Federico Pinedo, Jorge Faurie, Diego Guelar, Horacio Reyser, Paola Di Chiaro, Ricardo Lagorio, Carlos Sersale, Carlos García Baltar and Francisco Resnicoff participated in the meeting for the Pensar Foundation (PRO). . Also representing the Alem Foundation (UCR) were Agustín Campero, Jesús Rodríguez, Valentina Delich, Elsa Llenderrozas, Daniel Chuburu, Daniel Raimundi, Martin García Moritán and Carlos Foradori. Facundo Vila represented the Hannah Arendt Foundation (Civic Coalition), while Juan Pablo Lohlé, Jorge H. Herrera Vegas, Eduardo Airaldi, Juan Arcuri and Pedro Von Eyken attended the Federal Encounter Foundation (Federal Republican Encounter).
In December, Lula is expected to arrive in Argentina at the invitation that Alberto Fernández extended to him when he traveled to Brazil one day after the election. Together for Change will take advantage of the occasion to organize a meeting with the president-elect, but also with his technical teams. If there is, the question is who will attend that meeting since a photo for any of the candidates for the Casa Rosada will inevitably have repercussions on the internal one.