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Setting New Rules – The Free Trade Agreements of the European Union

The European Union is currently negotiating free trade agreements (FTAs) with numerous countries, including Australia and New Zealand, Indonesia, and also with the Mercosur countries. In addition to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), FTAs are a central component of the EU’s trade strategy. However, the process of negotiating and concluding these agreements tends to be lengthy, controversial, and complicated.   

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CETA Moves One Step Forward

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Preceded by controversial political and legal debates in a range of EU Member States, the EU and Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in October 2016. The Belgian federal government long lacked the support of some regional governments needed to add its essential...

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Bundestag Gives Green Light for CETA

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Following the positive vote at the SPD party convention, the German parliament has now also cleared the way for Germany’s approval of the CETA agreement.

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