Brazilian President Lula da Silva visits Germany, a strategic visit

Change of scenery: after COP28 in Dubai, Lula makes a detour to Berlin. A strategic stopover, to try to save the trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur, which brings together, in addition to Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.

French President Emmanuel Macron greets Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the COP28 United Nations climate summit in Dubai on Dec. 2, 2023. President Lula will travel to Germany on Monday 4 December for a meeting with Chancellor Olaf Scholz. AFP - LUDOVIC MARIN

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With our correspondent in São Paulo, Martin Bernard

It's a last-minute attempt. Lula believes that Germany is one of the strongest supporters of the agreement between the European Union and Mercosur. And that he could use his influence to ratify the agreement this week in Rio, even though Emmanuel Macron spoke out against it this weekend.

An agreement that the French president considers obsolete, because it does not take into account the new realities, particularly in terms of the environment.

Lula will therefore play the political card with Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the German businessmen he is due to meet. By once again accusing France of protectionism, by making it bear the responsibility for an agreement signed four years ago, but still not confirmed.

"If there's no deal, OK. But don't say it's Brazil's fault, or South America's fault," Lula concluded, visibly upset.

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