Cheesemakers in Quebec fear the CETA trade pact could threaten traditional local structures.
Tokyo and Brussels have agreed a free trade accord, opening up the EU to Japanese cars and Japan to European cheese. Japan's economy meanwhile has recorderd its longest uninterrupted growth since 1994.
A landmark free trade deal linking the European Union and Canada has come into effect despite lingering opposition from activists. The EU hailed the pact as one of its most ambitious ever, "setting a new standard."
The EU and Mexico have had a free trade agreement for 17 years, but have been negotiating a new one for the past 18 months. Following the most recent round of talks, hopes are high that a deal can be concluded next week.
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.
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