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Macron in a rally declares he opposes the trade agreement of EU with Mercosur

Wednesday, July 1st 2020 - 10:34 UTC
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French president, Emmanuel Macron, declared his opposition to the free trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Mercosur. In addition, 265 civil society organizations were also mobilized against the agreement. The decision follows the defeat of Macron in the municipal elections and the strong advance of the Greens. Read full article


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  • Pugol-H

    Of course he’s against it, a big agricultural producer like Mercosur and Europe/France with probably the most inefficient agriculture in the world, certainly the developed world.

    If one or more of the national parliaments in the EU don’t kill it, the regional ones will.

    No so easy to close a deal with a Hydra like the EU.

    Jul 01st, 2020 - 02:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    “ According to a report published by Brazil's Valor Econômico newspaper, the attacks in Europe are also growing due to positions taken by President Jair Bolsonaro on environmental issues”.

    While must admit, Jair Bolsonaro is doing nothing to gain the sympathy of European leaders, Mr Macron - and others - are using him as an excuse to protect their inefficient agricultural systems....he fools no one, because long before Bolsonaro appeared on the scene, Europe had already been dragging its feet for years....similarly, on our side, Argentina's inconsistency didn't help, and in the end it all played into Europe's hands....
    If it wasn't the rain forest, the excuse would be something else...

    Jul 01st, 2020 - 09:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    Exactly right, the EU is very protectionist and has bloated sense of its own importance.

    They will do a deal with Mercosur, when Mercosur agree to tariff/quota free imports of EU manufactured goods, with no reciprocation on EU imports of agricultural produce from Mercosur.

    Nothing else will get through all the necessary ratifications.

    Part of the reason why I don’t expect a UK/EU deal from the current negotiations.

    In the unlikely event of the negotiators agreeing a deal, it will never get past the following ratifications process, where every Tom, Dick and Harry will block it for more concessions.

    The EU parliament will want more guaranties we are going to be as hapless and inefficient as they are + penalties if not. Spain will want concessions on Gibraltar, Greece will want the Elgin marbles, hell Croatia could hold it up because they are not happy with the EU funds they are getting.

    Pissing in the wind dealing with those people, as we say, and count your fingers after you shake hands with them, never wear any gold rings.

    Jul 02nd, 2020 - 03:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    What an incredible day in the beautiful Aconcagua Valley!

    We now have all the farmhouse bathrooms completely functioning. The enormous two adjoining kitchen/dining and living are merged as one enormous area. The kitchen cabinetry and furnishings will be installed in about 2 weeks.

    Madame was pleased.

    Tonight we're back to Chicureo and tomorrow the glorious snow with our progeny on Saturday — weather permitting, having some of the grandchildren on a gentile slope teaching them how to snowplow.

    Life is spectacular!

    Jul 03rd, 2020 - 01:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer


    “They will do a deal with Mercosur, when Mercosur agree to tariff/quota free imports of EU manufactured goods, with no reciprocation on EU imports of agricultural produce from Mercosur.”

    That's what it's always been about.....gain the maximum of concessions without reciprocationg.....the bottom line is who gives in first.
    And it gets all the more complicated when they insert politics into what is supposed to be a purely commercial negotiation.
    Globalization is all very long as it's kept under control.


    Glad to see that your dreams are materializing.....and that your better half is've just secured months of great cooking...

    Jul 03rd, 2020 - 06:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    Jack Bauer
    No such thing as a “purely commercial negotiation”, with the EU.

    Everything get political sooner or later. 27 different axes to grind.

    Most countries understand about the “mutual benefits” of a fair deal, not the EU, if it’s not entirely in their favour, someone in the EU is losing out and cries foul and blocks it.

    The EU mandate for a deal with the UK reads like surrender terms after you’ve lost a war.

    Surprise, surprise it’s going to be no deal.

    Jul 05th, 2020 - 05:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer


    “27 different axes to grind”.........well, at least the UK has extricated itself from that.....

    Too many different interests to reconcile.......a sure formula for continued discontent.
    Just like Condo meetings.....if 20 attend, there are 20 different opinions....the wear and tear to bring any decision down to two options to be voted on, can be exhausting...and never attends all wishes.

    “Surprise, surprise it’s going to be no deal.”
    I think so too.....the current excuse is Bolsonaro....when he's gone, what's it going to be ?

    Jul 05th, 2020 - 09:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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