The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV Europe) invite you to join our Fireside Discussion on The EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement: A Geo-Economic Perspective from Brazil and Germany**

Monday, November 11, 2019, 6:30–8:00 pm DGAP, Rauchstr. 17, 10787 Berlin

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. You are cordially invited to a reception after the discussion. Since space will be limited, seats will be available on a first come first serve basis.