When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Chancellor Angela Merkel this week in Berlin, the two Western leaders most closely associated with liberal values on immigration and trade will be able to celebrate a major political victory.
The European Parliament on Wednesday approved the Canada-E.U. trade deal, known as CETA, by a decisive margin of 408 to 254 with 33 abstentions.
The passage of CETA in Europe is a major rebuke to the populist, anti-trade sentiment that has rapidly gained political momentum in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election.
“We have demonstrated to all of our partners that we Europeans stand together for free and open trade relations,” German Economics Minister Brigitte Zypries said after the vote.