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Macron calls proposed EU-Mercosur trade pact ‘very bad deal’ lacking strong climate commitments
French president tells Brazil forum both parties need to be ‘much stronger’ on biodiversity and climate.
France delays new EU-Canada trade deal vote after Senate setback
The French government will delay holding another vote on the European Union’s free-trade deal with Canada, after an embarrassing setback in the Senate.
Macron may ignore the French Parliament if CETA is rejected
With the French Senate rejecting the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and the National Assembly possibly doing the same, just ahead of the European elections, Macron’s government could ignore the parliament’s decision.
French senators reject EU-Canada free-trade deal
France’s Sénat overwhelmingly voted against a free-trade agreement between the European Union and Canada after an unusual alliance in the upper house between left- and right-wing opponents of French President Emmanuel Macron.
France faces high-risk vote on EU-Canada free trade deal
The French government faces a risky vote on a controversial trade deal between the EU and Canada in the Senate where an unlikely alliance between left and right hopes to torpedo the pact.
French parliament split ahead of EU-Canada trade agreement vote
French parliamentarians are sharply divided on whether or not to ratify the EU-Canada free trade agreement, following farming protestors’ heavy condemnation of trade measures that they argue create unfair competition.
"We call upon Members of European Parliament to vote against the EU-Kenya EPA"
In an open letter signed by over thirty organisations from Kenya and the EU, civil society groups call on MEPs to vote against the agreement.
Cars v cows: German automakers call to split EU-Mercosur deal to bypass French ‘non’
The EU-Mercosur trade agreement should be split into two distinctive parts to circumvent French resistance based on agricultural issues, the German car industry has proposed, in a bid to boost export markets other than China.
EU-Mercosur trade talks still alive, Brussels says in rebuke to France’s Macron
The European Commission assured that talks on the EU-Mercosur trade agreement continue after a French official claimed President Emmanuel Macron had convinced the bloc’s executive to bury the deal.
France says EU Commission to end trade deal talks with Mercosur countries
French President has told the European Commission that it was impossible to conclude trade deal negotiations with South America’s Mercosur bloc and understands the EU has put an end to the talks, his office said.
France ’opposes signing’ of EU-Mercosur trade deal, says prime minister
French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal says President Emmanuel Macron "has always opposed" the free-trade deal negotiated between the European Union and the Mercosur trade bloc.
Brazil President Lula criticises EU as Mercosur free-trade deal delayed
Brazilian president slams "lack of flexibility" from European countries as the EU and Mercosur say they need more time to finalise a massive trade deal.
Macron concerns derail EU-South America trade deal yet again
Le sommet du Mercosur prévu le 7 décembre (2023) est annulé. Ce nouvel échec témoigne de la difficulté pour l’Union européenne de signer des accords de ce type avec des pays éloignés des standards communautaires.
Korea protests France’s EV subsidy rules
Korea is expressing strong concerns over France’s proposed revision of electric vehicle subsidies as it could violate the Korea-European Union Free Trade Agreement, according to industry officials and trade experts.
Analysis: Spain hatches plan to win Macron over to EU-Mercosur trade pact
The Spanish Prime Minister will attempt to persuade the French President the Mercosur pact would help the EU to broaden its alliances with other open, democratic nations and to "rebalance" the geopolitical map.
EU, Mercosur will ’take time’ to conclude trade deal, says French official
French government official says European Union and Mercosur both want to "take their time" to finalise trade deal.
Europe’s disunity over China deepens
France, Germany and EU institutions are at odds over whether to revive the stalled Comprehensive Agreement on Investment with China.
Goyal, France’s Becht discuss India-EU FTA
Trade minister Piyush Goyal discussed the progress on the India-EU free trade agreement with his French counterpart Olivier Becht, the commerce ministry said in a statement.
EU agri ministers push back against Mercosur deal
A number of EU countries spoke out against reviving the EU-Mercosur trade deal during a meeting of agriculture ministers in Brussels on Monday 20 March. But with an agreement already hammered out, room for change is limited.
EU hopes Macron will budge on Latin American trade deal
In Brussels, several EU diplomats believe France could change its mind as geopolitical tensions following the war in Ukraine and the coronavirus pandemic strengthen the case for the 27-nation bloc to diversify its trading relationships.