German activists have launched the country’s largest-ever civil lawsuit in protest of a planned free trade agreement between the EU and Canada. They argue the trade pact violates the constitution and the rule of law.

A group of German NGOs filed a complaint to the Constitutional Court on Wednesday, asking the nation’s highest judges to block the early – albeit temporary – implementation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The organizations, Campact, Foodwatch and Mehr Demokratie, say CETA subverts the German constitution because it does not leave room for parliamentarians to interpret the agreement or vote against it. They are trying to prevent CETA from being “provisionally … continue reading

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