As for the EU, the seesaw about CETA showed some of the issues that far-
reaching trade agreements are facing. These are both legal and political,
including questions such as the scope of the Union’s trade policy competence,
what issues trade accords can and should address, the public perception of
(EU) trade negotiations and some FTAs in particular.
Stable trade relations with its partners are key for an advanced economy like the
EU, its consumers, and companies and FTAs can play a vital role in supporting
ties. In fact, the certainty they can add is (all the more) valuable in times of high
(political) uncertainty. Yet, EU trade policy risks being caught up between
domestic and global challenges at the moment.