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EU divided on ratification of trade pact with Mercosur, warns Donald Tusk

Monday, August 26th 2019 - 18:42 UTC
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 Hard to imagine a harmonious process of ratification by EU countries as long as Brazil allows for the destruction of the green lungs of planet earth, Tusk said Hard to imagine a harmonious process of ratification by EU countries as long as Brazil allows for the destruction of the green lungs of planet earth, Tusk said
Macron and Irish leader Leo Varadkar have both pledged to block a new trade deal between the EU and Latin American trading bloc Mercosur Macron and Irish leader Leo Varadkar have both pledged to block a new trade deal between the EU and Latin American trading bloc Mercosur

The European Union Council president Donald Tusk said it was hard to imagine the bloc ratifying its trade pact with Mercosur as long as Brazil fails to curb the fires ravaging the Amazon rainforest. The EU “stands by the EU-Mercosur agreement”, Tusk told reporters at a G7 meeting in Biarritz in southern France.

“It is hard to imagine a harmonious process of ratification by the European countries as long as the Brazilian government allows for the destruction of the green lungs of planet earth,” he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron anticipated that G7 should hold emergency talks on the Amazon fires, taking the lead in piling pressure on Brazil's far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro.

He and Irish leader Leo Varadkar have both pledged to block a new trade deal between the EU and Latin American trading bloc Mercosur, which includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

However Spain, which has close ties to South America, does not support the moves to block the massive trade, the government in Madrid said on Saturday.

Spain “does not share the position of blocking the deal,” and “has been at the forefront of the last effort to sign the EU-Mercosur agreement that will open huge opportunities for the two regional blocs,” Madrid said in an online message to media.

On Friday Germany said that opposing the trade pact was “not the right response” to tackling the Amazon fires in Brazil.

The fires in the world's largest rainforest have triggered a global uproar and are a major topic of concern at the G7 meeting in Biarritz in southern France.

The growing crisis threatens to torpedo the blockbuster trade deal between the European Union and South American countries, including Brazil that took 20 years to negotiate.

Just days before hosting the summit, Macron called for urgent talks on the “international crisis” in the world's largest rainforest, saying leaders would hammer out “concrete measures” to tackle it.

But his remarks drew a sharp retort from Bolsonaro who fumed over his “colonialist mentality”, prompting Macron to hit back by calling the Brazilian leader a liar over a June pledge to fight global warming.

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