Chávez, Juan Carlos hug and make up

Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez was in Spain on July 25, where he proposed discussions about Europe’s new policies towards immigrants from Latin America—and also used the visit to mend fences with President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and King Juan Carlos I. During the 17th Iberian-American Summit in Santiago, Chile, in November 2007, Chávez had repeatedly interrupted Zapatero, and Juan Carlos finally told Chávez: “Why don’t you shut up?” This time Chávez held the king in a long embrace. Juan Carlos gave him a t-shirt reading: “Why don’t you shut up?” and Chávez joked about the king’s royalties from the expression. (La Jornada, Mexico, July 26 from correspondent)

From Weekly News Update on the Americas, Aug. 3

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