Aug 23, 2019

Amazon fires: France and Ireland threaten to block EU trade deal

France and Ireland say they will not ratify a huge trade deal with South American nations unless Brazil does more to fight fires in the Amazon. There are currently a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest - a major source of oxygen for the world. Environmental groups say the fires are linked to Mr Bolsonaro's policies, which he denies. He has also accused Mr Macron of meddling for "Political gain", and previously said calls to discuss the fires at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France - which Brazil is not participating in - showed "a misplaced colonialist mindset". The trade deal - which took 20 years of negotiation to reach - was agreed between the EU and a South American bloc consisting of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay.

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