Monday February 17, 2020

Big Phil’s hard sell on Mercosur deal won’t impress everyone

A lack of climate change commitment by leaders such as Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro is the bogeyman in convincing EU governments to sign off on the agreement

7th July, 2019
Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture, will need 34 political entities to ratify the deal Pic: EP

Phil Hogan took the bull by the horns in last Friday’s Irish Times. The EU commissioner for agriculture vigorously defended the historic EU-Mercosur trade deal against what he termed the “inaccurate” and “disingenuous” criticisms when it comes to the climate impact of the landmark agreement.

‘Big Phil’ is standing tall in every inch of his six-and-a-half-foot frame, given his instrumental role in getting one of the world’s longest-running trade...

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