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A Problem for German Trade Ambitions: Brazil’s Environment Minister

July 30, 2020

São Paulo – When in late May the German Green Party Congressman Uwe Kekeritz questioned a government plan to finance a Brazilian forest protection program, he made sure to mention an episode that had recently rattled Brazilian politics In a recorded meeting of President Jair Bolsonaro's cabinet that was later made public, Brazil’s Environment Minister Ricardo Salles suggested that the pandemic was an opportunity to weaken environmental regulations since public opinion was “distracted” In Berlin, Kekeritz referenced the episode to protest the idea of supporting a project overseen...

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