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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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2018-09-17 Talking Europe

Former German diplomat Joachim Bitterlich: 'We cannot accept any extremism'

A former German diplomat and advisor to Helmut Kohl, Joachim Bitterlich is now an advisor to the Austrian presidency of the EU and professor at the ESCP business school in Paris....

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2018-09-17 Talking Europe

The State of the Union: Is the EU steering down the right path?

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2018-09-10 Talking Europe

Guy Verhofstadt: 'We will not change EU rules just because Britain is leaving'

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2018-09-10 Talking Europe

Brexit 'no-deal' scenario: How likely - and what if?

There are just a few weeks to go until the crunch EU summit where the UK government and the European Commission are supposed to unveil their final Brexit deal. But whispers have...

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2018-08-31 Talking Europe

Finnish president talks Trump, Russia and NATO with FRANCE 24

As French President Emmanuel Macron visited Finland this week ahead of European elections in 2019, Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö granted an interview to FRANCE 24. He...

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