A German diplomat in Brussels said the whole situation needs clarification. Germany will only sign the treaty, which is due to be ratified in September, if it is modified.
Canada and the European Union have been negotiating the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, known as CETA, since 2009, with the aim of removing barriers to trade between the two entities. The European Union says the planned treaty will remove 99 percent of tariffs between the two economies.
The deal is as important to Canada as it is to the 28-member European group, as the European Union is Canada’s second most important trading partner after the United States, accounting for just under 10 percent of its external trade. Canada is the European Union’s 12th most important trading partner.