Austria's parliament has voted to reject the planned Mercosur trade deal between the EU and four South American nations. Both France and Ireland have already threatened to block it if Brazil does not do more to protect the Amazon.
Austrian lawmakers have rejected an EU-Mercosur trade deal, putting the fate of the project in doubt. Several European states have raised concerns about the South American trade agreement and the environment.
Opponents of free trade with South America's Mercosur states are delighted that Austria is stymieing a potential deal. But the agreement is not dead yet, says Bernd Riegert.
The EU-Mercosur agreement would link more than 770 million people as part of the world's biggest free trade area. DW looks at what it all means.
Despite a raft of negative headlines on the trade front, the EU has been busy doing free trade deals with Canada, Japan and Mexico. A deal with South American bloc Mercosur may be next, with optimism on both sides.
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