CETA

Climate change 28-02-2018

Trade and climate: How the EU can protect the Paris Agreement

It is possible to effectively integrate the Paris Agreement into new trade deals, including CETA and the upcoming JEFTA with Japan. But it requires a bit more creativity than the recent political declarations, write Mathilde Dupré and Samuel Leré.
Trade & Society 14-02-2017

A vote against CETA would reset Europe’s trade agenda

With global inequalities spiralling and the climate crisis on our doorstep, the last thing we need is a trade deal that would worsen both. If CETA passes, the European Parliament will be seen as putting corporate profits above people and the planet, write Magda Stoczkiewicz and Jan Willem Gourdiaan.
Trade & Society 09-12-2016

CETA and the crumbling Grand Coalition

European Parliament President Martin Schulz hasn’t vacated his post yet but talk of the Grand Coalition falling apart is already rife in Brussels. Final approval of CETA could be a huge opportunity for the socialists to claw back some ground, writes Pieter de Pous.
Trade & Society 22-11-2016

MEPs’ sad games undermine the Parliament’s due rights

In their attempt to fast-track the EU-Canada agreement, some MEPs are reversing years of progress in democratising the European Union, warn MEPs Anne-Marie Mineur, Bart Staes and Pavel Poc.
Trade & Society 02-11-2016

‘Post-truth politics’ does not require better truths, it requires better arguments

With CETA signed, protest groups in Wallonia and beyond will surely cry foul at the way the region was coerced into standing down. What is surprising, however, is that they are not the only ones who feel cheated, Reinout van der Veer.

Trade & Society 02-11-2016

The Wallonian mouse that roared

The relief that accompanied the 11th hour agreement between Wallonia and Europe on the EU-Canada trade deal shows little has been learned from the ongoing debate over the “winners and losers of globalisation", writes Steven Hill.
Trade & Society 31-10-2016

CETA shows that Europe can shape globalisation

Trade will happen with or without trade agreements, but with the signing of CETA, the EU and Canada are showing the way forward in shaping globalisation, writes Cecilia Malmström.
Trade & Society 28-10-2016

Changing track on trade

A potential CETA trainwreck was narrowly avoided this week, but the chaos surrounding the EU-Canada trade deal has been long in the making and may not be over yet, warns Pieter de Pous.

Trade & Society 28-10-2016

CETA, Wallonia and sovereignty in Europe

The chaos that followed Wallonia’s refusal to ratify CETA exposed Europe’s inability to reflect on the question of sovereignty and where it really resides, writes Amandine Crespy.
Trade & Society 28-10-2016

The EU must learn from CETA shambles

After Wallonia finally agreed to not block CETA, Greenpeace’s Jorgo Riss argues that to start rebuilding its credibility, the EU must stop CETA because the deal cements the supremacy of trade above social, health and environmental concerns.
Trade & Society 27-10-2016

Wallonia: The real reasons to postpone CETA

As the CETA debate continues, Jacques de Gerlache and Cédric du Monceau ask whether blocking the current deal is Europe’s last chance to avoid a fatal flight forward.
Trade & Society 25-10-2016

Wallonia strikes out at Canada

There are historic reasons behind the Walloon rejection of CETA, and a price to pay for post-Napoleonic Britain having engineered Belgium as a nation in gridlock, writes George Friedman.
Trade & Society 25-10-2016

CETA failure reveals Lisbon Treaty’s structural flaws

In the long run, CETA's failure is a lesson in what is structurally wrong in EU trade politics, writes Iana Dreyer.
Trade & Society 21-10-2016

CETA: A way out of European self-dwarfism

Anti-CETA campaigns and mass protests have put the EU-Canada deal under constant pressure. Daniel Caspary MEP asks: What are we going to do if the European Union buries its common trade policy?

Trade & Society 21-10-2016

Wallonia’s red card for CETA is a chance for the EU to be a beacon to the world

We are at a crossroads for international trade policy. The failure of TTIP and CETA would pave the way for a fairer and more democratic world, argues Paul de Clerck.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

Does CETA’s saga spell the beginning of the end of EU trade policy?

The CETA saga reveals that a commercial policy steered from the 28 capitals is not a workable solution to tackle the global economic challenges of the 21st century, write Guillaume Van der Loo and Jacques Pelkmans.
Trade & Society 17-10-2016

CETA not the progressive agreement it claims to be

The EU-Canada trade agreement (CETA) will raise international standards while creating jobs, according to its supporters. Both assumptions are wrong: if CETA really was such a progressive agreement, it would have been negotiated in a transparent way and democracy would not have been undermined by preliminary application, argue a number of MEPS.
Trade & Society 23-09-2016

Don’t be fooled by CETA: It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing

In his State of the Union speech, Jean-Claude Juncker called the Canada-EU trade agreement the most progressive trade agreement the EU has ever negotiated. It actually poses a genuine threat to the health sector, argues Emma Woodford.
Trade & Society 29-06-2016

Walking the same path: Free and fair trade for Europe and aluminium

International trade can only be free and fair if global competitors adhere to the same market rules and environmental, social and health standards. If international trade is not free or fair, Europe’s SMEs – and indeed its entire manufacturing industry – suffer, writes Gerd Götz.
Brexit 27-06-2016

Will Brexit harm EU trade deals?

The UK took the plunge into the unknown and is dragging everyone along with it. Just as the EU and global markets were slowly getting back on track after years of economic recession, economic chaos this time has arrived via popular vote, writes Nelly Stratieva.
Trade & Society 17-06-2016

Regulation, then protectionism: Is Europe going the way of its aluminium sector?

The current wave of protectionist sentiment is harming Europe's SMEs and undermining the EU’s competitiveness. It is time for modern trade policy in the EU, wrote Pieter Cleppe.
Trade & Society 28-01-2016

ISDS myths have to be addressed

The fate of TTIP and CETA are linked, due to the issue of investment protection. If the Commission demands a renegotiation of the chapter in CETA or continues along the path of asking for different measures in TTIP, then it will lose its credibility as a negotiator, writes Christofer Fjellner.
Trade & Society 25-01-2016

Keystone ISDS lawsuit highlights legal risks of EU trade deals

Energy company TransCanada is using the investment dispute settlement mechanism in its trade agreement with the US, to sue the American government over President Obama's decision to cancel the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline for environmental reasons.
Trade & Society 13-01-2016

Time to toss out toxic investment chapters from trade deals

Multinational companies are already exploiting investor protection clauses in free trade agreements to 'chill' social and environmental regulations that threaten their bottom lines, writes Matt Langdon. The EU must heed the warning bells.