The free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada, CETA, could be the next casualty in escalating global trade battles as Italy's new government has said it will not ratify the agreement.
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.
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.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rebuked the "America First" approach to free trade of US President Donald Trump. Meeting in Brussels, European and Asian leaders have pledged to create "win-win" situations.
Even just a few months before the UK exits the EU, there's no clarity as to what future trade ties between the two sides will look like. German industry bodies warn a hard Brexit would be disastrous for businesses.
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