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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker — shown here at right with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last November — has taken the EU’s free trade pact with Canada off the fast track by allowing each EU member nation’s parliament to ratify the deal. (

EU bows to pressure, gives member parliaments say in Canada trade deal

Brussels | Reuters –– The European Commission bowed to pressure to give Europe’s parliaments the right to ratify a landmark free-trade deal with Canada, a decision meant to address public concerns but which could wreck Europe’s broader trade strategy. In the face of popular suspicion about secretive trade deals benefiting big companies, Commission President Jean-Claude

Russia demands changes to Ukraine-EU trade deal

Brussels | Reuters — Russia has demanded changes to a free-trade deal between Ukraine and the European Union, underlining that Moscow was not satisfied by a last-minute concession from the EU to delay implementing the pact at the heart of the conflict in Ukraine. In a letter to the EU trade commissioner, seen by Reuters

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, shown here last October in Brussels with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, is now under criticism for what’s described as a “premature” announcement of a free trade deal. (

Deal or no deal? EU-Canada FTA seen faltering at final hurdle

Brussels/Ottawa | Reuters — Canada and the European Union are struggling to finalize a multibillion-dollar trade pact six months after political leaders said it was sealed, an embarrassment for Brussels as it seeks a far bigger deal with the U.S. Over a celebratory lunch last October, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President

Europe removes agriculture barriers to U.S. trade talks

Reuters / The European Union dropped its ban on some U.S. meat imports Feb. 4 in a gesture aimed at starting talks on a free trade pact that would encompass about half the world’s economic output. Brussels and Washington want to deepen a relationship that accounts for a third of global trade, and ending the