23.08.2019 18:30:31

Germany, France, Ireland threaten South American trade deal over Amazon wildfires

Germany on Friday warned the European Union’s trade deal with the South American trade bloc Mercosur could be amended in an attempt to pressure Brazil to better protect the Amazon rainforest.German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze made the comments in response to concerns about huge wildfires that are incinerating Brazilian sections of the tropical forest at a record rate, as a result of illegal deforestation.Schulze said advancing the unfinalized trade deal with Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay “would be irresponsible” unless it included clear guarantees of protection for the Amazon.Read more: Amazon fires: Can international pressure help put them out?She blamed the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s controversial rainforest clearance policies for putting an ecosystem created over millions of years in great danger.“It could have incalculable consequences for our planet,” Schulze added.She also questioned Germany’s future commitment to an international fund to protect the Amazon which so far has totaled €50 million ($55 million).Around 60% of the rainforest sits in Brazilian territory. Dubbed the lungs of the planet, the Amazon’s trees produce 20% of earth’s oxygen needs and its degradation could have severe consequences for the climate and rainfall. Macron threatens trade blockFrench President Emmanuel Macron and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar went further, vowing to vote against the upcoming trade deal if Brazil did not step up efforts to protect the rainforest.Macron said Bolsonaro had “lied” about climate commitments made at the G20 summit in Japan in June.The French president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the issue to be brought up at the this weekend’s G7 meeting in France.Read more: Brazil struggles through President Jair Bolsonaro’s first six monthsThe EU-Mercosur trade deal was agreed in principle in June following 20 years of negotiations. But the agreement is not due to be ratified for a further two years, meaning it could be unpicked.On Friday, Bolsonaro said he was considering deploying Brazil’s army to help fight the Amazon fires, which experts say have increased by 80% this year.Brushing off concerns about his environmental policy, Bolsonaro has blamed everyone from non-governmental groups, farmers and international actors for lighting the fires.mm/aw (AP, AFP, dpa)Every evening, DW sends out a selection of the day’s news and features. Sign up here.這篇文章 Germany, France, Ireland threaten South American trade deal over Amazon wildfires 最早出現於 The China Post。
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