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Belgian region defies EU over CETA free trade deal

The region of Wallonia in Belgium is holding out on signing a deal that heads of state from all of the EU's 28 countries say would boost business and create jobs. CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada, was negotiated between 2009 and 2014 and was scheduled to be signed by October 27th.

The EU Commission says it would be the EU's most comprehensive trade deal to date, creating jobs, potentially boosting the EU's economy by 12 billion euros a year and Canada's by $9 billion annually. Wallonia’s President Paul Magnette says the main concern is the Investment Dispute system in the deal that sees a supranational court system set up.

Italy’s Europe Minister, Sandro Gozi, and the co-chair of the Greens in the EU Parliament, Belgian MEP Philippe Lamberts, give us their opposing views on the deal.

>> On France24.com: David vs Goliath? Small Belgium region leaves EU-Canada trade deal in crisis

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2018-07-16 Catherine NICHOLSON

Eurogroup chief Centeno: 'We need to put an end to what seems to be a trade war in the making'

This summer, there's big economic news for Europe: Greece is formally exiting its bailout programme, the ongoing trade war between the EU and the US, and plans to overhaul the...

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2018-07-16 Catherine NICHOLSON

Maltese foreign minister: ‘We need to implement legal paths of migration into Europe’

Malta is the EU's smallest member state by size and population. It joined the bloc in 2004 and is perhaps best known around the world as a sunny Mediterranean holiday...

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2018-07-09 Catherine NICHOLSON

German MEP David McAllister: 'We need more solidarity in the EU over migrants'

Our guest is senior German MEP David McAllister, a dual British-German national and former leader of the Saxony region considered a potential successor to Angela Merkel. He...

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2018-07-09 Catherine NICHOLSON

Fake news fightback: Should and could disinformation be banned ?

You can call it misinformation, spin, or more recently, fake news. The phenomenon that’s become an obsession in the era of social media is – for French President Emmanuel Macron...

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2018-07-02 Catherine NICHOLSON

Greek FM on migration: 'We need European solutions, not bilateral ones'

This week we're on the sidelines of the latest EU summit, where major themes include the migration crisis and the eurozone economy. Our guest is Geórgios Katroúgalos, the foreign...

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