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Mark Rutte: Europe's liberal torchbearer runs into trade winds

1 month ago   |   By Politico

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's reputation as Europe's liberal champion risks being torn to shreds in an unexpected quarter: trade.
Against all expectations, Rutte is struggling to win support in parliament for a vote on Tuesday to ratify an EU trade pact with Canada, a supposedly unthreatening ally.
If the Dutch parliament fails to ratify the deal, it would not only be the first EU country to do so, but the Dutch could even be responsible for killing off the Ottawa-Brussels trade accord, known as CETA, just as the EU wants to promote free trade in the teeth of rising protectionism and...
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