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Tusk says ‘hard to imagine’ EU-Mercosur trade deal while Amazon burns

The European Union “stands by the EU-Mercosur agreement but it is hard to imagine a process of ratification as long as the Brazilian government allows for the destruction” of the Amazon, Tusk said as world leaders flew in for the G7 summit in the French resort of Biarritz/FILE – AFP

Biarritz, France, Aug 24 – EU president Donald Tusk said it was hard to imagine the bloc ratifying its trade pact with South America’s Mercosur grouping as long as Brazil fails to curb the fires ravaging the Amazon rainforest. 

The European Union “stands by the EU-Mercosur agreement but it is hard to imagine a process of ratification as long as the Brazilian government allows for the destruction” of the Amazon, he said as world leaders flew in for the G7 summit in the French resort of Biarritz.

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