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German SPD back CETA deal

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By Euronews
German SPD back CETA deal

<p>Germany’s <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/09/17/crucial-german-vote-on-huge-ceta-trade-deal">Social Democrats have finally given their backing to a trade deal</a> between the EU and Canada.</p> <p>The move paves the way for the bloc to approve the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement or <span class="caps">CETA</span>, before Brussels signs the accord with Ottawa next month.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">SPD</span> are junior coalition partners in Angela Merkel’s government but had been holding up proceedings with objections.</p> <p>CETA which aims to eliminate tariffs on 98 percent of goods has been criticised over riding roughshod over labour rights and environmental protection.</p> <p>The deal is being seen as a blue print for a parallel trade deal with the US known as <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/08/28/ttip-has-failed-germany-s-vice-chancellor-says"><span class="caps">TTIP</span></a>.</p> <p>Around 180,000 people took part in rallies on Saturday in seven German cities against both trade deals.</p>