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Resistance to Mercosur-EU trade deal will persist

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Significance

In Europe, environmentalist groups and farmers oppose the deal and have growing support among governments and in the European Parliament, in particular as a result of Brazil’s environmental policies. Argentina has adopted an increasingly protectionist stance since the return of Kirchnerism in late 2019, increasing existing rifts within Mercosur.

Impacts

  • European civil society and governments will push back on the deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest under Bolsonaro.
  • Green parties that are on the rise across Europe will demand the inclusion of mandatory environmental clauses before considering the deal.
  • The economic impact of the pandemic could strengthen protectionist demands from European farmers and Mercosur manufacturers.

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