In what is seen by many of the EU’s farmers as the first test of the bloc’s desire to protect European agriculture, Brussels is continuing to negotiate with Mercosur countries to conclude a trade and association agreement despite the fact that serious contentious issues still remain, according to the European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström.

To conclude the free trade agreement with the Mercosur, Malmström has highlighted the progress made in recent months on what admitted were "diff...

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