I must admit I felt so much envy when I saw José Pepe Mujica and Julio María Sanguinetti hugging. Although we are neighbouring countries, we are so far away from Uruguay in so many aspects.  No wonder so many Argentines are fleeing across the river (poor Uruguayans!). Last week, both former presidents quitted their Senate seats, surrendering their parliamentary privileges. They are the epitome of ethics. Honest, trustworthy, hard working, affable, so different from our politicians, who are incapable of bridging the gap that has historically pulled them (and us) further and further apart. We should learn from that country, small in size, large in stature.

Irene Bianchi