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Incoming  EU commissioner for trade  Phil Hogan: argues that the Mercosur treaty will be the first real leverage the EU has on Brazil’s government over its policies in the Amazon. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The loss of Amazon forest between 1990 and 2016 now totals some 1.3 million square kilometres, at a rate equivalent to 800 football pitches an hour, T(...)

European Commission president German Ursula von der Leyen gestures as she gives a press conference to announce the names of the new European commissioners. Photograph: Kenzo tribouillard / AFP/Getty Images

The nomination of Ireland’s agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan to the trade portfolio, the commission’s president-elect said, would lay the basis for(...)

View of a burnt area of forest in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, on August 27th. Photograph:  Joao Laet/AFP/Getty Images

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that South American countries would meet to determine a common policy in defence of the Amazon r(...)

A burning tract of Amazon jungle is seen as it is being cleared by loggers and farmers in Porto Velho, Brazil . Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Six states in Brazil’s Amazon region requested military help on Saturday to combat record fires that are tearing through the rainforest, provoking an (...)

A general view over smoke from fires in the Amazon rainforest covering the city of Porto Velho, Rondonia, Brazil, on August 16th. Photograph: Roni Carvalho/EPA

Brazil’s nationalist president Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday his government lacked the resources to fight and investigate wildfires in the Amazon af(...)

Brazil’s agriculture minister Tereza Cristinao: ‘There isn’t an agreement where only one side wins.’ Photographer: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg

For Brazilian beef farmer Jonatan Pereira Barbosa the draft trade agreement between the European Union and the Mercosur trade bloc in South America is(...)

Jarlath Farrell from Tuam, Co Galway at the farmers’ protest outside the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson

Over a thousand farmers gathered at Leinster House on Wednesday in protest against rural Ireland austerity and the Mercosur trade deal, which is seen (...)

Besides agriculture, Phil Hogan has been an influential figure within the commission in articulating Ireland’s case on Brexit. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Guenther Oettinger has an impossible task as budget commissioner, it is being said, as he tries to frame a new European Union between 2021 and 2027 in(...)

 European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan says the Mercosur countries have committed to implement the Paris global warning agreement. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

European Union agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan has rejected criticism of the EU/Latin American Mercusor trade deal, saying critics are exploiting (...)

Michael Creed has vowed to ‘thwart’ the EU’s Mercosur deal. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has said he intends to “frustrate”, “dismantle” and “thwart” the EU-Mercosur trade agreement in order to protec(...)

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