France and Ireland are using the upcoming Mercosur trade deal as a means of suppressing the Brazilian response to the large-scale forest fires in the Amazon.
If Brazilian President Jaïr Bolsonaro does not change his policy quickly, French President Emmanuel Macron and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar withdraw their support for the EU-Mercosur deal.
This deal would give four South American countries, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay access to the European market. The deal, which would take effect in two years, has yet to be voted.
Bolsonaro has refused foreign assistance in putting out the fires. Under his rule, strict environmental regulations have been weakened and the Ministry for the Environment has been dismantled.