Dutch parliamentarians narrowly approved an EU trade agreement with Canada on Tuesday, but ratification of the treaty faces an uphill battle in the Senate, where Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s ruling parties do not have a majority.
If the pact isn’t supported by the Netherlands — one of the EU’s most liberal and free-trading nations — it would be a serious blow to the bloc’s ambitions to uphold the global trade regime in lieu of American leadership.
Since Donald Trump was elected in 2016, the EU has completed free-trade agreements with Japan and South America. The former went into effect in 2019, the latter has yet to be ratified. Read more “Dutch Senate Could Torpedo EU Trade Deal with Canada”