Blog: Can Portugal really get the Mercosur trade deal over the line?

The Portuguese presidency of the EU Council has warned Europe’s ‘credibility is at stake’ if it fails to ratify its trade deal with South America’s Mercosur bloc. But can it reassure member states worried it may accelerate the destruction of the Amazon and undermine their own farmers?

by Robert Hodgson
Cattle grazing in deforested land: Member states are worried the Mercosur deal could hasten the demise of the Amazon rainforest. Photo: Marco Antonio Rezende/Brazil Photos/LightRocket via Getty Images
Cattle grazing in deforested land: Member states are worried the Mercosur deal could hasten the demise of the Amazon rainforest. Photo: Marco Antonio Rezende/Brazil Photos/LightRocket via Getty Images

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