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No sanctionable clauses requiring the EU and Mercosur countries in South America to respect climate or environmental protection  Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP via Getty

There are no sanctionable clauses requiring the EU and Mercosur countries in South America to respect climate or environmental protection in the treat(...)

Protesters demonstrating outside the Economy Ministry in Berlin this week. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

The Mercosur trade deal between South American countries and the EU faces “a rocky ride” if there is a failure to honour climate commitments and to ad(...)

Former president Mary Robinson was speaking at the remote Global Ireland 2020 conference. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland needs to approach climate diplomacy on the global stage “with a deep sense of humility”, given its past failures to address the consequences o(...)

Farmers protest outside the Dáil following the announcement of the Mercosur trade agreement. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The upcoming trade agreement between the EU and Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – the Mercosur bloc – “fails across sustainability criteria an(...)

A victory for Joe Biden in November may restore rules-based globalisation as the default mode of international economic interaction. But it will look very different from globalisation of the 1990s. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

If Joe Biden wins the US presidential election in November, the temptation will be to see Donald Trump’s years in the White House as a temporary aberr(...)

Julie O'Donoghue (centre) canvassing with Kieran O'Donovan, Aidan Casey, Julie O'Donoghue, Maria Casey and Stephanie Browne during the general election in February 2020.

Julie O’Donoghue has spent much of the week reading and rereading the programme for government document negotiated by some of her Green Party colleagu(...)

 Brazilian former soccer star Ronaldinho Gaucho (R) along with his brother Roberto  de Assis  in the prosecutor’s office in Asuncion, Paraguay. Photograph: Paraguayan public prosecutor/EPA

Former Barcelona and Brazil striker Ronaldinho Gaucho was being questioned by Paraguay’s authorities on Thursday after arriving in the country with wh(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Cork Mart, Fermoy, Co Cork on Tuesday with Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged that Fine Gael will use national funding to make up any shortfall in support for Irish farmers as a result of propo(...)

Green Party agriculture spokeswoman Pippa Hackett: “We have said all along this trade agreement was a bad idea, and this report confirms that to be the case.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The controversial Mercosur trade deal is incompatible with the EU’s commitment to carbon neutrality and “may undermine global efforts to avert runaway(...)

The ICMSA has highlighted an inconsistency in the way emissions are calculated: Ireland is held responsible for all its agricultural emissions, even though the majority of what it produces is exported. Oil producing countries are not held accountable for emissions arising from their exported products. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Global environmental agencies must change their approach to climate change so carbon emissions are calculated at the point of consumption rather than (...)

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