Spanish socialists in CETA U-turn

PSOE chief Pedro Sanchez announced his party would not ‘support CETA’, marking a notable u-turn.   Spanish socialists, the main opposition party, have so far proven to be in favour of ratifying the EU Canada trade agreement, but internal divisions over the stance have come to the open. The party …

Britain’s awkward embrace of CETA
Brexit CETA

Britain’s awkward embrace of CETA

Eurosceptic MEP David Campbell Bannerman celebrating CETA in the European Parliament 15-16 February 2017   Wariness about its own future in CETA has replaced Theresa May’s government’s initial enthusiastic embrace the EU’s new trade pact with Canada, Iana Dreyer writes.   When the European Parliament ratified the EU-Canada trade agreement …

CETA Internal EU politics

CETA vote divides Dutch, Polish, Belgian mainstream MEPs

Data on the European Parliament’s vote consenting to the Comprehensive Economic and Partnership Agreement with Canada released today reveal emerging new fractures in Europe’s political groups as pro-trade mainstream parties saw a rise in votes against the pact.     The vote on CETA held in Strasbourg on Wednesday (15 February 2017) wielded less …

CETA United States & TTIP

Trans-Atlantic Business Council calls for revival of TTIP after MEP CETA green light

It’s almost impossible to see a negative opinion across Europe’s business community on the European Parliament’s vote in favour of CETA on Wednesday (15 February 2017). Even a big chunk of the free trade agreement-sceptic European farming and food sector is looking forward to trading under the pact’s new rules. United States observers, for …