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On 15 February 2017, the European Parliament approved the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada. In this Policy Brief, Valentin Kreilinger analyses the voting behaviour of MEPs and the conflict line between proponents and opponents of free trade.
The fourth issue of the ‚Key Votes‘ series reviews the EP vote approving the trade deal between Canada and the EU and its member states. The vote illustrates an ideological cleavage between proponents of free trade and its opponents. It puts the centre-right against the extreme right, the extreme left and the Greens while splitting the centre-left. These patterns are mirrored in the voting behaviour of French and German MEPs.