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Controversial CETA trade deal blocked

24 October 2016 - 12:30pm

In an embarrassing defeat for the European Commission, controversial EU-Canada trade deal CETA has been blocked today (Monday), placing the entire EU trade agenda in jeopardy.

Canada and the EU have been desperately trying to force a conclusion to the deal in the face of strong opposition in Belgium, where four out of five regional governments are opposed to the deal, echoing concerns in other member states. However, last minute talks have failed with Belgium declaring that it cannot sign the deal and the chair of the EU's trade committee admitting that: "CETA has failed."

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CETA deal on the brink of collapse as Canada admits defeat

21 October 2016 - 4:45pm

Controversial EU-Canada deal CETA is on the brink of collapse with Canada's trade minister stating that talks to save the deal have failed and that she is "very, very sad".

The European Commission has been desperately trying to conclude CETA this week in the face of stiff opposition across Europe, including within the governments of Belgium, Germany, Poland and others. The Belgian regional government of Walloon has been key to blocking the deal - its Minister-President Paul Magnette has received a hero's reception across social media.

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