FRIDAY. Recently back at work after their January recess, the courts are especially active in probing the Kirchner family fortune. AFI intelligence chief Gustavo Arribas appears in court trying to explain the Brazilian deposits in his Swiss bank account.
LAST WEEKEND. A typically slow summer weekend. An up-and-down Davis Cup tie against Italy at Parque Sarmiento not only fills the weekend but stretches into Monday, eventually maintaining the unbroken tradition of away wins in this particular series.
MONDAY. Federal Judge Ariel Lijo indicts Oscar Parrilli (the predecessor of Arribas) on charges of shielding a murder suspect. Teachers reject an 18 percent salary increase, even with the option of updating to inflation, while Buenos Aires province Governor María Eugenia Vidal responds by announcing that she will dock pay for any strike days.
TUESDAY. President Mauricio Macri pays a state visit to Brazil. On his return that night he finally accedes to extraordinary sessions of Congress in order to pass ART industrial accident litigation legislation since his emergency decree on that issue is not institutionally viable. Prosecutor Guillermo Marijuan wants Parrilli remanded in custody. A topless protest at the Obelisk is a leading candidate for the front-page photos of the next day’s newspapers.
WEDNESDAY. Macri celebrates his 58th birthday in San Martín de los Andes but it is his father who receives the present — a 70-billion-peso debt pardon is extended to the Post Office whose main shareholder is Franco Macri’s Socma group. Teachers announce a March 6 strike unless the national government returns to the bargaining-table.
THURSDAY. Macri moves on to the Río Negro provincial capital of Viedma where he announces talks concerning his Patagonia Plan.