RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The European Union member countries continue to give credit to the trade agreement signed with Mercosur, but they are no longer half-hearted in binding its implementation to the government's agenda for the Amazon and the fight against global warming.

The European sentiment is evident in a survey conducted by Folha de S.Paulo with foreign ministers of the 28 bloc members. Of these, 17 replied, eight were silent and three said they would not participate.

Of those who replied to the report, only Ireland and France are clearly threatening to suspend the agreement until . . .

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