The EU-Canada free trade deal is expected to boost bilateral trade, but it also faces huge resistance. Some fear it will undermine democratic rights as well as consumer and environmental standards.
Belgians have reached a consensus over a contested EU-Canada free trade deal, announced Belgium's Prime Minister. Thursday's planned summit to sign the deal with Canada, however, had already been canceled.
Lawmakers in Belgium's French-speaking region of Wallonia have voted in favor of a planned free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada. EU member states officially endorsed the deal shortly afterwards.
Germany's Constitutional Court has given the go-ahead for the government to approve a free trade agreement between the EU and Canada. Opponents claimed the CETA agreement would undermine democratic rights.
German activists "Nein zu CETA" ("No to CETA") have filed the largest-ever civil lawsuit in German history. It could be a success for several reasons.
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