Leaders from Latin America return home at the end of their summit with the European Union summit in Vienna, amid signs of a squabble between different countries on the question of ownership of natural resources such as oil and gas.
Left-wing activists attending a farewell rally applauded calls for nationalisation. President Evo Morales of Bolivia said: “Some have tried to make us fight with brother Lula of Brazil over nationalisation. The government needs to respect the sovereign will of the people of Bolivia to nationalize resources especially gas and oil”. Brazilian president Lula da Silva held talks with Morales on Saturday to calm differences over the pace of reform. A significant factor is that Brazil’s Petrobras oil corporation is itself a major foreign investor in Bolivia. Meanwhile, anti-globalization campaigners were joined on a march in the Austrian capital by local leftists who applaud Latin America’s new brand of assertive left-leaning leaders.