President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker signs the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), as Canada's Prime Minister Justin looks on at the European Council in Brussels, on October 30, 2016. / AFP / POOL / Thierry MONASSE
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A contested EU-Canada free trade deal cleared a key hurdle Tuesday as EU lawmakers defied rising anti-globalization sentiment to back one of Europe's most ambitious accords.The deal now needs the green light from the European Parliament but will also approval from the EU's 30-plus national and regional parliaments in order to take full effect.Trump Monday delivered on his protectionist campaign promises and effectively ended U.S. participation in a sweeping trans-Pacific free trade agreement.He is also widely expected to drop a similar deal with the EU known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP.
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