The new Austrian government will not support the trade deal between the EU and South American nations. The EU and the South American trade bloc Mercosur whose members are Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, concluded their trade deal in June, after 20 years of negotiations.

However, the agreement is unpopular in farming areas in Austria, which fear that imports from the Mercosur will harm them.

The country’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’ new government, which is a coalition of Austria’s conservative People’s Party and the Green Party, toughened its position on the trade deal with Mercosur when it presented its program in which it said it seeks a “rejection of the Mercosur trade agreement in its current form”.

Austria’s parliament passed a motion in September for the government to veto ratification of the deal in the Council of the EU.

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