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Demonstration against Ceta trade deal as it stalls in European Union

Issue No. 2526

Hundreds of protesters marched in London last Saturday against the proposed Ceta trade deal between the European Union (EU) and Canada.

Protests took place in other cities around Europe—including over 300,000 people across Germany.

Similar to the proposed TTIP trade deal with the US, Ceta threatens workers’ rights and public services.

It would allow corporations to sue governments for threatening their profits.

Like TTIP, Ceta now hangs by a thread after years of secret negotiations.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau had to cancel a planned trip to Brussels this month where he was meant to sign the treaty.

Every EU member state would need to sign it—but the regional government of Wallonia has blocked Belgium signing it.

It had been given just seven days to scrutinise the document. Walloon minister-president Paul Magnette said this timeframe was “an unacceptable violation of our democratic principles”.

His Labour-type social democratic party is under pressure from its left amid widespread anger at over 2,000 layoffs by Caterpillar in the region.

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