The controversial CETA trade deal between Canada and the European Union has largely come into force today amid sharp criticism from Friends of the Earth Europe. The early implementation – known as 'provisional application' – comes even though most national parliaments have not yet begun to debate or vote on the deal. 
Commenting on today’s State of the European Union speech by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, Leida Rijnhout from Friends of the Earth Europe said:
“We need a fundamental rethink of the kind of Europe we want – in some areas President Juncker seems to recognise this, but in others it is very much business as usual. It remains to be seen whether his proposals will go far enough to really bridge the gap between the EU its citizens.
Friends of the Earth Europe welcomes the decision of the Belgian government to file a request for an opinion to the European Court of Justice on the Investment Court System (ICS) included in the EU-Canada trade deal CETA . The ECJ will now examine if the ICS is compatible with the European Treaties. An opinion from the Court finding an incompatibility would put the future of the CETA ratification in doubt.
Today, Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev has referred to the Constitutional Court a request for a mandatory interpretation of the provisions of the Constitution concerning the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and its Member States (CETA).
More than 250 non-government organisations from across Europe have today released an alternative vision for a more democratic, just and sustainable Europe.
Intended to influence the debate on the future direction of Europe, this alternative vision is endorsed by organisations representing a multitude of public interest issues, including labour rights, culture, development, environment, health, women's rights, youth, and anti-discrimination groups.
Friends of the Earth Europe welcomes a decision by the European Court of Justice that trade agreements with investment provisions need to receive the scrutiny of national parliaments. The ruling comes at a time when citizens across Europe are increasingly concerned about the negative impacts of modern trade agreements, such as CETA and TTIP. They allow foreign investors to take governments to a business friendly tribunal if their profits are affected by public interest policies.
The European Commission today released new proposals for how the European Union deals with globalization issues.
Paul de Clerck from Friends of the Earth Europe reacted to the 'Harnessing Globalisation' paper:
The European Union should abandon plans to establish a global corporate court system, say Campact, WeMove.EU and Friends of the Earth Europe ahead of the end of a public consultation on the issue by the European Commissionon Wednesday March 15, 2017.
More than 280 000 citizens from across Europe have signed a petition against the plans, known as the 'multilateral investment court'. 
The EU-Canada trade deal ratified by the European Parliament today is a step backward for tackling some of the world's biggest crises and will do nothing to improve the lives of the majority of citizens in either region, according to organisations representing civil society, workers and the environment.
In this episode, we walk you through the different stages of the #StopCETA campaign over t