EU leader Donald Tusk accuses the Brazilian government of allowing the destruction of the green lungs of planet Earth & # 39; while he warns, along with European European leaders, that Amazon fires could jeopardize South American trade agreement
- The President of the Council repeated the warning from Emmanuel Macron to Jair Bolsonaro
- The German Chancellor supported Emmanuel Macron's call to talk about the fire during the summit
- But she reassured Mercosur's trade bloc that it would not affect the EU deal
- It came when world leaders began to gather at the summit in Biarritz on Saturday
EU leader Donald Tusk has stepped up pressure on the Brazilian government to fight the devastating Amazon rainforest fires by threatening to tear an imminent trade agreement.
The President of the Council reiterated Emmanuel Macron's warning that the unbridled deforestation agenda of Jair Bolsonaro – who was blamed for hell – is likely to prevent the agreement with the South American Mercosur bloc from being hit.
His intervention came when Angela Merkel called on world leaders to sit down and develop a common strategy to fight the fire at this weekend's G7 meeting in Biarritz, France.
At the summit, Mr Tusk said: & # 39; We are of course in favor of the EU-Mercosur agreement, which is also about climate and environmental protection.
EU leader Donald Tusk has stepped up pressure on the Brazilian government to curb the devastating Amazon rainforest fires by threatening to tear an imminent trade agreement
The German Chancellor supported Emmanuel Macron's call (photo in Biarritz) to discuss the raging fire at the summit this weekend
Rio Branco Fire brigade tackles fires last Saturday in the Amazon forest near Rio Branco, the Amazon state of Akko
& # 39; But it is difficult to propose a harmonious process of ratification by the European countries as long as the Brazilian government allows the destruction of the green lungs of planet Earth.
But unlike Mr Tusk, the German Chancellor has not threatened to abolish the EU's upcoming trade agreement with South America.
In her weekly video message, Ms Merkel said: & # 39; Emmanuel Macron is right – our house is burning and we cannot remain silent. & # 39;
She said the leaders of the world's top economic powers are being shaken by the fire & # 39; and that they will discuss & # 39; how we can help and help there, and send a clear call that everything must be done so that the rainforest stops burning & # 39 ;.
A fire burns a field on a farm in the municipality of Nova Santa Helena, in the state of Mato Grosso, & # 39;
Mrs. Merkel added: & # 39; Talking to each other is always better than talking about each other – and the G7 is an excellent opportunity for that & # 39 ;.
She also assured that obstructing a trade agreement between the European Union and the South American trade bloc will not help Mercosur reduce the destruction of rainforests in Brazil.
On Friday, Macron threatened to block the recently agreed trade agreement with Mercosur, including Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay
His harsh approach was supported by Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.
But the German government said the deal & # 39; includes an ambitious sustainability chapter with binding climate protection rules & # 39 ;, in which both parties are committed to implementing the Paris climate agreement.
Macron has played down all expectations of a united front of the leaders of the G7 democracies
German Chancellor Angela Merkel today supported Macron's call for an international meeting and said that the forest fires in the Amazon were a & # 39; acute emergency & # 39; were that on the G7 agenda
A NASA Earth Observatory map shows active fire detection in Brazil last night
It added: & # 39; The non-conclusion (of the deal) is therefore, from our point of view, not the right response to what is currently happening in Brazil. & # 39;
Mrs. Merkel spoke as world leaders gather in the French city for the G7 summit.
The event has made the city famous for its beach in the last week of the summer vacation.
Macron has played down all expectations of a united front of the leaders of the G7 democracies.
US President Donald Trump arrives later in the day. At last year's meeting, Mr. Trump left early and rejected the joint statement by Air Force One.
At the top of the agenda are climate change – and especially the fires in the Amazon – and a global economy that is on the verge of recession.
A house is seen surrounded by land scorched by forest fires near Porto Velho, Brazil
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