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.
The Italian government has reiterated its opposition to the CETA free trade deal between the European Union and Canada. The deputy prime minister said parliament would not ratify the agreement formally signed in 2016.
The new government in Rome is walking in the footsteps of Donald Trump's trade protectionism, as it has threatened to torpedo the CETA trade agreement because it doesn't protect Italy's farmers and their products.
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.
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