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 EU and four South American countries have signed a milestone trade agreement. It's a clear signal to the US president about the importance of free trade, writes DW's Bernd Riegert.
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.
Though the European Union is calling for a unified approach to trade with China, the individual member states are courting the country for investment. That has created quite the tightrope act, DW's Frank Sieren writes.
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.
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