Agnes Jongerius and Raphaël Glucksmann

“Frenchmen, one more effort, if you want to be Republicans!” was famously telling the Marquis de Sade during the 1789 Revolution. The same applies to the Dutch-French non-paper on trade policy: good points are made, but a huge effort is still needed to be actually ambitious. Last week the European Parliament stood up by saying no to the EU-Mercosur treaty. Research from Greenpeace showed that this was not an exaggeration as it has no climate protection and undermines democracy. …

By Lara Wolters and Agnes Jongerius

Bangladesh is among the countries that have so far been spared a mass outbreak of Covid-19. Casualties are currently ‘only’ in the double digits. But appearances can be deceiving. Bangladesh is suffering immensely from the pandemic. Unlike here in Europe, the reason is to do with the mobility of goods rather than with the mobility of people. Clothing exports amount to 84% of the total export of the Bengali economy. …

Agnes Jongerius

Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch S&D delegation. Trade unionist. Twitter: @AgnesJongerius

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