TTIP and CETA Hit by Court Ruling that EU Must Listen to Citizens on Trade Deals

Two controversial trade deals between the EU and the US and Canada have hit a stumbling block after a European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision.

The EU has long been trying to push through the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and Europe, and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.

The deals could lead to an increase in imports of dirty tar sands oil to Europe from Canada, open up new markets to fossil fuel companies, and allow corporations to sue EU member state governments when environmental policies threaten their profits.