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The EU offers economic aid to Brazil to contain the Amazon fires

August 24, 2019


The EU has declared itself ready to provide financial assistance to Brazil for the fight against forest fires in the Amazon, said the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, before the start of the G7 summit in the French city of Biarritz.

“The image of the Amazon rainforests has become a depressing sign of our time. The EU is willing to offer financial help to fight fires,” Tusk explained at the start of the meeting.

According to the National Space Research Institute of Brazil (INPE, for its acronym in Portuguese), more than 75,000 sources of fire have been detected in the Amazon so far this year, 85 percent more than in the whole year 2018.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on the other hand, has warned that this kind of “interference” – as the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro has denounced – could affect trade agreements with Brazil.

“There are all kinds of people who will use any excuse to interfere with trade and thwart trade agreements, and I don't want to know anything about that,” Johnson said.