Scholz: Trade agreement ratification at EU only level

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has spoken out in favor of ratifying free trade agreements through the European Parliament and Council alone. “We have to think about the question of whether EU only is more fitting for such trade agreements,” he said at the engineering summit in Berlin. It was a “somewhat complicated idea” that the EU had the competence for trade policy but parliaments in member states and sometimes even regional governments had to agree on a trade agreement ratification.

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