Brazil and the EU: The Value of Going Green

Environmental concerns over the Amazon serve geostrategic purposes.

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Representatives from Brazil and the European Union will meet next month to discuss an environmental addendum for the Mercosur-EU free trade agreement, without which the deal will not be ratified, or so says Europe. Specifically, the EU wants Mercosur members – that is, Brazil – to reinforce commitments to the environment, climate and sustainable development. At the heart of the issue is the Amazon basin, an enormous untamed region filled with biodiversity and natural resources. For both Brazil and the EU, the future of the Amazon ties into economic necessities and developments critical to their future. The significance of EU-Mercosur trade has changed since initial talks started 20 years ago, when the end of the Cold War heralded a future of healthy, robust regional blocs meant to prop up a new, multipolar world. But now it’s not so clear cut. The EU grew from 15 members to 27. Brazil became the powerhouse in Mercosur as Argentina spent the better part of the post-Cold War era tending to its sluggish economy. This is to say nothing of how the global economy has since been shaped by financial crises, a pandemic, trade wars, sanctions and so on. This is why the environmental […]

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Allison Fedirka
Allison Fedirka is the director of analysis for Geopolitical Futures. In addition to writing analyses, she helps train new analysts, oversees the intellectual quality of analyst work and helps guide the forecasting process. Prior to joining Geopolitical Futures, Ms. Fedirka worked for Stratfor as a Latin America specialist and subsequently as the Latin America regional director. She lived in South America – primarily Argentina and Brazil – for more than seven years and, in addition to English, fluently speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Ms. Fedirka has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and international studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in international relations and affairs from the University of Belgrano, Argentina. Her thesis was on Brazil and Angola and south-south cooperation.