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Melanie S. M. Lyn
On October 30, Donald Tusk (President of EU Council), Jean-Claude Juncker (President of the EU Commission) and Justin Trudeau (Canadian Prime-Minister) met in Brussels and signed CETA, the free trade deal between Canada and the EU.
But CETA is not a done deal.
With Wallonia dominating all the news on CETA, it gets easily forgotten that it will be soon up to the Members of the European Parliament to vote on it. We joined citizens from all parts of Europe who visited Brussels to find out how their representatives think about the EU-Canada trade deal.
CETA’s supporters are now coming with a new warning message: If CETA fails, the EU’s credibility will be undermined and no one will want to trade with us anymore. Most of the pro-CETA group blames the Commission’s decision to require the unanimity of all 28 Member States to approve the deal.
Over 100 law professors from across Europe have come together to send a clear message to EU decision makers demanding investment protection mechanisms be excluded from TTIP and CETA.
by Dániel Fehér
Today’s decision of Germany’s Constitutional Court on CETA is an important success in the fight against the EU’s free trade machinery. It is not a free ticket for CETA’s approval, as the German government now wants us to believe.
Manipulation and disinformation of the public by the creators of TTIP is slowly reaching the same level of shenanigans we saw in the Brexit campaign. With a mix of promises of salvation, threats of economic loss and defamation of all those who critique TTIP and CETA.