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Bolsonaro says Germany has much to learn from Brazil on deforestation; NGOs ask EU to halt Mercosur talks

Friday, June 28th 2019 - 07:38 UTC
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she would seek “straight talk” with the Brazilian leader over destruction of the rainforest. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she would seek “straight talk” with the Brazilian leader over destruction of the rainforest.
“Brazil can be an example for Germany even in the environment,” Bolsonaro told reporters in Osaka. “They have a lot to learn from us.” “Brazil can be an example for Germany even in the environment,” Bolsonaro told reporters in Osaka. “They have a lot to learn from us.”

President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday Germany has “a lot to learn” from Brazil when it comes to the environment, hitting back at criticism over deforestation in the Amazon. Bolsonaro made the remarks in Japan on the eve of the G20 summit, where German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday she would seek “straight talk” with the Brazilian leader over destruction of the rainforest.

 “Brazil can be an example for Germany even in the environment,” Bolsonaro told reporters shortly after arriving in Osaka.

“Their industry continues to be fossil, largely coal, and ours no, so they have a lot to learn from us.”

While Bolsonaro said he was prepared to discuss the issue with Merkel, he was not like some previous Brazilian presidents who “came to be reprimanded by other countries.”
“We don't accept being treated like in the past,” he said.

Global tensions are growing over the Amazon as illegal loggers, clandestine miners and aggressive farming businesses appear to have found their champion in far-right Bolsonaro, an unabashed climate change skeptic.

The rate of deforestation in the Amazon, which slowed dramatically from 2004 to 2012, surged again in January, the month Bolsonaro took power, according to conservation group Imazon.

Hundreds of activist groups earlier this month urged the European Union to immediately halt negotiations for a trade deal with Mercosur countries over Brazil's alleged harm of its indigenous people and rainforests.

The appeal from more than 340 groups could further complicate the EU's bid to conclude 20 years of talks for a free trade agreement with Brazil and its Mercosur partners Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

In response to a question in parliament Wednesday over deforestation in Brazil, Merkel said she would “take the opportunity at the G20 summit for straight talk because I find what's happening at the moment in Brazil dramatic.”

But she said she would not seek to put the trade talks on hold over the deforestation.

“I think that not concluding the Mercosur deal would not have led to one hectare less of deforestation in Brazil. On the contrary,” she said.
“That's why I think that not concluding the deal is not the answer to what's happening.”

 

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  • DemonTree

    “Germany has much to learn from Brazil on deforestation”

    Of course. No one is so expert at deforestation as Brazil!

    Jun 28th, 2019 - 08:28 pm 0
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    @DemonTree

    REF: “No one is so expert at deforestation as Brazil”:

    What makes you think that Brazil has only ONE expertise:

    http://www.chargeonline.com.br/semana/2019/ohi290619.jpg

    Jun 30th, 2019 - 12:53 pm 0
  • Pedro3225

    She could care more about the muslim raping their women and less about OUR country.

    Jul 05th, 2019 - 07:58 pm 0
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