EU trade politics

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 …

Internal EU politics

ECJ gives Commission exclusive power to sign copyright pact under the EU’s commercial policy

This week, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) opined that the EU is exclusively competent to conclude the 2009 Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled.   Though the matter of the treaty itself is non commercial, the court ruled …

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 …