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EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen shakes hands with Brazil's President Lula da Silva in Brasilia.

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EU woos Latin America

On Monday and Tuesday, the EU will host Latin American and Caribbean leaders for a long-overdue summit eight years after they held the last one. It's fair to say that relations have not improved much since. But why?
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Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Portugal's PM Antonio Costa during a press conference in Lisbon.

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Brazil & EU tussle over war but want to talk trade

On his first European trip since taking office in January, Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was hoping to win final support for a free trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay) that’s been stuck since 2019. So far, he’s been booed in Portugal for his controversial remarks on the war in Ukraine following a visit to China, but he doubled down on this rhetoric in Lisbon over the weekend.

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