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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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2017-03-19 Mark Rutte

What do the Dutch election results mean for the Netherlands and the EU?

In the Netherlands, the general elections saw the centre-right party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the VVD, retain the position of largest party in parliament. In second place...

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2017-03-19 Turkey

Are Turkey and the EU ready to sever relations?

In the past week, Turkish leaders have compared European countries to Nazi regimes. The Dutch and German governments stopped Turkish ministers from holding rallies on Turkey's...

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2017-03-11 Malta

Maltese FM expresses concern over elections in France

With Malta currently holding the rotating presidency of the EU, we speak to the country’s foreign minister, George Vella. He gives us his take on the migrant crisis, the future...

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2017-03-11 National Front party (France)

Where does the European Parliament's money go?

The European Parliament has an annual budget of €1.7 billion. In total, over 7,500 people work there, on a full- or part-time basis, including of course the EU's 751 MEPs. All...

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2017-03-04 Brexit

Brexit: When and how will it begin? And what will happen to EU citizens?

March is supposed to be the month that British Prime Minister Theresa May triggers Article 50, beginning the official withdrawal process of the UK from the EU. Brussels says the...

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