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Economy & Jobs 30-06-2017

Malmström in Tokyo to clinch trade deal in time for G20

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker dispatched the EU's top trade officials to Tokyo Thursday (29 June) for crucial talks to seal a long-awaited deal with Japan.
CETA 29-06-2017

Trudeau pushes EU to apply free trade pact provisionally

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday (28 June) called on Europe to immediately apply the CETA free trade agreement while the two sides work through a final hurdle pertaining to agricultural quotas.
16-02-2017

The Brief: Fifty shades of Justin Trudeau

Did you smell that sickly sweet aroma in the air in Brussels today? It was the waves of smug rolling in all the way from the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Trade & Society 15-02-2017

After Parliament approval, final ratification could still put CETA in legal limbo

Most measures outlined in the EU's landmark free trade agreement with Canada are set to go into effect after MEPs approved the deal today (15 February), but fourteen member states can still put the deal to a referendum vote and national parliaments need to rubberstamp it—including feisty legislators in Belgium's regional Walloon Parliament.
Trade & Society 26-01-2017

After Wallonia’s veto on CETA, 60 academics defend EU democracy in trade

EXCLUSIVE / After the near-death experience of CETA, the controversial EU-Canada trade deal that was almost toppled by a regional government in Belgium, a group of academics has come out to defend the European decision-making process in trade policy.
Trade & Society 09-12-2016

Parliament committee gives CETA thumbs down

The European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee recommended on Thursday (8 December) to reject the EU-Canada trade agreement, suggesting that final adoption of the deal in the Assembly's plenary won't be plain sailing.
06-12-2016

The Brief: Brexit boss Barnier breaks his silence

Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator, finally broke his two-month vow of silence today. What would the urbane Frenchman serve up to the hungry press corps?
Trade & Society 06-12-2016

Wallonia proposes new rules for negotiating international trade deals

The Belgian region of Wallonia, which gained worldwide notoriety by keeping the CETA agreement and an EU-Canada summit hostage for several days, unveiled the Namur Declaration on Monday (5 December), proposing a new way to negotiate international trade treaties.
Trade & Society 31-10-2016

CETA: Controversy over EU pressure on Wallonia

Criticised by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during the signature of CETA, the president of Walloon party CDH, Benoît Lutgen, has repeated that there had been insinuations about negative consequences for the region if it continued to veto the trade treaty with Canada.
Trade & Society 28-10-2016

CETA, Wallonia and sovereignty in Europe

The chaos that followed Wallonia’s refusal to ratify CETA exposed Europe’s inability to reflect on the question of sovereignty and where it really resides, writes Amandine Crespy.
Trade & Society 28-10-2016

Canada cautious on CETA deal breakthrough

Belgium announced a breakthrough Thursday (27 October) to save a landmark EU-Canada free trade deal, winning over domestic holdouts who threatened to torpedo the agreement and further damage Europe's international credibility.
Trade & Society 27-10-2016

Belgium plans new talks to break EU-Canada trade deadlock

Belgium's political leaders are set for a new round of talks to try and resolve differences that have blocked a landmark EU-Canada free trade deal.
Trade & Society 26-10-2016

Belgians keep EU, Canada in suspense on CETA trade deal

Feuding Belgian politicians, keeping Canada and the European Union waiting, resume talks on Wednesday (26 October) with hopes fading that they will unblock the CETA free trade deal in time for a planned signing summit.
Trade & Society 25-10-2016

Tusk and Trudeau still hope to sign CETA trade deal after Belgian ‘Non’

Belgium declared yesterday (24 October) that it could not formally back a free trade deal between the European Union and Canada because of an internal dispute, but the two sides still appeared to be holding out hopes of a summit to sign off on the deal.
Trade & Society 24-10-2016

Belgium cannot sign CETA, PM Michel admits

Belgium is not able to sign off on a landmark EU-Canada free trade deal after Wallonia and other regional administrations refused to give the federal government the go-ahead, PrimeMinister Charles Michel said today (24 October).
Trade & Society 24-10-2016

Wallonia rejects EU ‘ultimatum’ over CETA

Belgium's Wallonia region yesterday (23 October) dealt a fresh blow to a proposed EU-Canada trade deal, rejecting a 24-hour ultimatum from the bloc to end its objection to the agreement.
Trade & Society 21-10-2016

CETA deadlock complicates EU efforts to relaunch trade policy

A Canadian minister left Brussels in tears on Friday (21 October) as Wallonia's staunch opposition to the EU-Canada agreement puts the future of new trade deals at risk.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

CETA crisis deepens as Wallonia rejects new offer

The government of Wallonia last night (20 October) rejected the latest offer made by the European Commission in a bid to unblock the stalled ratification process of the EU-Canada free trade deal before the ‘hot potato’ passes to the EU leaders later on Friday.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

Belgian professor: What’s wrong if CETA is signed in December?

Belgian Professor Jean-Michel de Waele slammed the European Commission for twisting the arm of Wallonia over CETA, the  Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

Does CETA’s saga spell the beginning of the end of EU trade policy?

The CETA saga reveals that a commercial policy steered from the 28 capitals is not a workable solution to tackle the global economic challenges of the 21st century, write Guillaume Van der Loo and Jacques Pelkmans.
Euro & Finance 17-10-2016

Belgian PM defends budget ahead of confidence vote

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on Sunday (16 October) defended his budget and vision for the future after tensions within the fractious coalition government nearly sank his programme earlier in the week.
Trade & Society 14-10-2016

Belgian region of Wallonia blocks EU-Canada trade deal

Lawmakers in the small Belgian region of Wallonia today (14 October) voted to block an EU-Canada trade deal in a move set to have serious implications for future trade talks with the US and a non-EU UK.
Trade & Society 11-10-2016

Belgian regions could block EU-Canada trade deal

Belgium's regional parliaments could block an EU-Canada trade deal, officials said Monday (10 October), in a move with implications for future trade talks with the US and a non-EU Britain.
Languages & Culture 04-12-2015

Belgium mocked for its inability to hash out COP21 commitment

Belgium’s international image is deteriorating further as the country's regions - French-speaking Wallonia and Dutch-speaking Flanders - prove unable to agree on the distribution of monies coming from its national emission trading fund.

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