Thursday, 23. June 2022, 19:00 - 20:30

More (neo)colonial trade as a response to the war in Ukraine?

A workshop on global trade for beginners and activists

Date: Thursday 23 June / 7:00–8:30pm CEST

Only a few days after the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, Europe's largest business associations already demanded that politicians intensify their efforts around the so-called "free trade agreements". Another crisis is thus being used to push for the opening of markets and the import of raw materials, especially from countries in the global South. Consequences for the climate, global inequalities and exploitation structures are deliberately ignored when it comes to securing markets for the European industry.

One example is the agreement between the EU and the Mercosur countries Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. It has been criticized because it would increase inequality between the two regions and poses a risk to the environment, to the climate and human rights. Indigenous groups in particular repeatedly point to the problems associated with the overbearing agricultural lobby and the threat of deforestation.

But how exactly do these agreements reinforce global inequalities and cement existing asymmetries? What is happening between North and South when tariffs fall and markets are being liberalized, and how exactly does this pressure the environment and climate?

In our workshop for beginners we are going to get to the bottom of these and other questions about global trade and colonial continuities with a special focus on the EU-Mercosur agreement with three activists and trade experts from Mercosur and Europe.

The workshop does not require any prior knowledge and will provide enough space for questions and discussion in 90 minutes. The event will be held in German and English with language interpretation.


  • Luciana Ghiotto (Coordinator of the network "America Latina mejor sin TLC" and Researcher at the "Transnational Institute", Argentina)
  • Theresa Kofler (Coordinator of the network "Anders Handeln" Austria)
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About the organiser

PowerShift shows ways out of the climate crisis. The goal is an ecologically and socially more just global economy. To achieve this, PowerShift uses its expertise in trade, commodity and climate policy: With comprehensive research, they examine political processes, identify the problems of an unjust global economic system and develop alternative courses of action.