Germany’s Constitutional Court has rejected an appeal brought against the EU’s free trade deal with Canada (CETA). The door is now open for Berlin to sign the agreement. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Opponents of the Canada deal, including Foodwatch, Mehr Demokratie and Campact, went before Germany’s constitutional court to protest against the provisional application of the deal.
But the Karlsruhe judges decided that the deal’s provisional application is compatible with the law of the land.
President of the Court Andreas Voßkuhle said that blocking the deal would have had “adversely affected the international standing of the EU and all European actors in shaping European trade relations”.
It’s good news for Germany’s Vice-Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, who previously said that a negative result from the court could have scuppered the entire agreement.
The court made attempts to address the concerns attached to CETA by ruling that Germany is free to sign the deal, but only on the condition that Berlin can decide to withdraw from the agreement if a later court decision swings that way.
CETA’s critics believe that the agreement subverts the German Constitution because it does not allow the country’s lawmakers to interpret the agreement or vote against it.
EU trade ministers are meeting next week (18 October) to vote on the deal and must unanimously back it. If approved, the final text is slated to be signed on 27 October.