The EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement

A Geo-Economic Perspective from Brazil and Germany

The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in cooperation with the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV)

The free trade agreement between the European Union and the countries of Mercosur, the South-American trading bloc, would not only enable the EU to compete with the United States and China in Latin America, but also to defend the rules-based economic order. Yet the burning rainforest in the Brazilian Amazon has also fired up resistance from a coalition of environmentalists and protectionist farmers in Europe. Can Brazil – in its own geo-economic and geopolitical interest – accommodate part of this critique and help EU member states to overcome their national and special interests in order to ratify the treaty?


Dr. Claudia Zilla, Senior Fellow, Research Division: The Americas, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

Dr. Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal, President, Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), Brazil

Prof. Dr. Detlef Nolte, Associate Fellow, Research Program: The Americas, DGAP


Ambassador ret. Bernhard Graf von Waldersee, Vice President, German-Brazilian Society (Deutsch-Brasilianische Gesellschaft/Sociedade Brasil-Alemanha)

The event will be held in English.

11 November 2019
Event location

Rauchstr. 18
10787 Berlin

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