At this moment there is a tense panorama among the Mercosur countries due to a strong speech by Lula Da Silva in the face of the so-called threats from the European Union not to close an agreement with the regional bloc due to environmental restrictions. Given this, Alberto Fernández came to the crossroads of the strong questions launched at the meeting by the presidents of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pouand from Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benitezwho claimed changes to the current model and asked to advance in the agreement with the European Union.

In this context he visited us in channel C Luis Lacalle Herrera, former president of Uruguay and father of the current head of government. This Tuesday he landed in Córdoba to participate in the anniversary of the Mediterranean Foundation. During his time in the city, he spoke with Turco Generis about the cultures and visions of Argentina and Uruguay, but also about the political reality that both countries are facing at this time.

Despite being away from the political scene for several years (he governed between 1990 and 1995) and being 81 years old, Lacalle Herrara remains informed and active about events in his country.

“That agreement is not going to come out,” said the former president of the eastern band without hesitation. “It is signed between Mercosur and the European Union. Then it has to be signed by parliaments. By 27 parliaments! I believe that neither France nor Ireland are going to loosen up on their farmers and they are the ones who stand to lose the most,” explained Lacalle Herrera.

“What happens is that Mercosur did not adapt to various instances. There was a moment when an ideological Mercosur was put together, which went against its origins. These were economic and commercial, its purpose was to earn money and prosperity, never to have a parliament or go to socialism and not socialism. That was the worst moment,” he explained.

“In the year 91, when Mercosur was founded, there was no internet or mobile phones, there was only the fax and we looked at it as countrymen. Today, 30 years after his birth, reality tells us that he did not adapt to modernity, which is why they propose a new wording,” he argued.