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‘CETA another nail in the coffin of European democracy’

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The Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA) will allow the economy to be run by big corporations. And the protesters of the deal – who have solid arguments – have not been heard, says Lode Vanoost, a former Deputy Speaker of the Belgian Parliament.

Protesters have attempted to storm the EU headquarters in Brussels in a bid to stop the signing of the controversial EU- Canada trade deal.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European leaders inked the landmark trade pact despite the unrest outside

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) was expected to be signed earlier this month, but a Belgian region used its veto power to block the deal. And it was only on Friday they changed course and gave it the green light.

Supporters claim it will create business opportunities for EU firms in Canada and vice-versa. The deal also aims to create new jobs in Europe.

However, opponents say that it will damage consumer and workers’ rights. They also think it will allow multinationals to push small companies out of business.

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