Belgium’s CETA Debacle Puts the Future of EU Trade Policy in Doubt

Protesters hold an anti-CETA banner during a demonstration against international trade agreements, Brussels, Belgium, Sept. 20, 2016 (AP photo by Virginia Mayo).
Protesters hold an anti-CETA banner during a demonstration against international trade agreements, Brussels, Belgium, Sept. 20, 2016 (AP photo by Virginia Mayo).
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On Oct. 30, the European Union and Canada finally signed a free trade deal that was delayed after Belgium’s majority French-speaking region of Wallonia threatened to veto it. But the last-minute drama behind the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA, has many observers doubting the future of the EU’s free trade policy. Two weeks before the trade deal was due to be signed, the Walloon parliament, one of five regional parliaments in Belgium, vetoed it, blocking Prime Minister Charles Michel from signing the agreement. Walloon President Paul Magnette, who represents a population of just 3.5 million, objected to […]

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