How Wallonia became spearhead of opposition to EU-Canada trade deal


The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or CETA trade deal between the European Union and Canada was in deep trouble after the Belgian region of Wallonia refused to accept it, despite strong efforts behind the scenes by neighbouring France to put pressure on the French-speaking area. Finally a last-minute deal was reached on Thursday October 27th, but came too late to allow Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau to fly to Brussels to sign the deal at a summit that has now been postponed. Martine Orange looks at how a small Belgian region became a focal point of opposition to a trade deal many fear will act as a Trojan horse for North American multinationals.

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Is CETA already dead? That was the question resonating through Europe this week as European Union officials frantically sought to get the EU-Canadian trade deal – formally known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement – back on track.