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

Big Phil’s hard sell on Mercosur deal won’t impress everyone
Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture, will need 34 political entities to ratify the deal Pic: EP

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

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 negotiations across the line after...

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