Canada and CETA

Canada and CETA

EP: Social-democrats divided over investment, labour, and public services in CETA

An intense debate at the trade committee of the European Parliament revealed the current mood over the EU Canadian trade agreement awaiting signature and ratification this autumn. Whereas representatives of the leading European political group the EPP have generally wholeheartedly endorsed the deal, the left-of-centre S&D group is divided.   …

Trade: the EU’s rising exposure to pressure and blackmail
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Trade: the EU’s rising exposure to pressure and blackmail

The EU’s trade policy is being renationalised under the pressure of national governments seeking to regain control over an exclusive competence of the EU and of Brexit. The European bloc is thereby becoming increasingly exposed to new political pressures and blackmail at home and abroad. A pamphlet by Iana Dreyer.

CETA: Commission caves in to member state political pressure, declares deal is ‘mixed’
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CETA: Commission caves in to member state political pressure, declares deal is ‘mixed’

The Commission’s intentions to declare CETA an EU-only agreement, loudly announced last week by President Jean-Claude Juncker, have backfired. Amidst a pushback from powerful member states, including France and Germany, the Commission has decided to declare CETA “mixed” and prioritised its coming into force provisionally as early as possible.   …

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CETA ratification saga: EPP endorses Commission view – France ready to block

The CETA ratification saga continues unfolding. There’s been a stir since Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced on Wednesday that the Commission would put the Canada EU trade deal CETA to the member states next week with the suggestion that it is a deal that falls under the exclusive competence of …

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Berlin consternation in face of CETA national parliament bypass push

EU Commission President Juncker weighed in: the Commission sees CETA, the trade deal with Canada, as falling under “exclusive” EU competence and thus not requiring ratification by national parliaments. This is causing consternation in Berlin, though there are differences in point of view between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party and …