EU chief says trade deal with Canada still pos­si­ble

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

The pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Union still hopes that a free trade be­tween the bloc and Canada can be signed at a sum­mit this week de­spite Belgium’s re­fusal so far to sign on.

Don­ald Tusk told EU leg­is­la­tors early yes­ter­day that “the sum­mit to­mor­row is still pos­si­ble.”

For now, he ac­knowl­edged, “the EU is still not ready to sign” be­cause of the stead­fast op­po­si­tion of a Bel­gian re­gion, which is block­ing the ap­proval of its na­tional gov­ern­ment.

After some progress late Tues­day, Bel­gian na­tional and re­gional lead­ers huddled again early yes­ter­day seek­ing a break­through that would yield the una­nim­ity among EU na­tions on the trade deal.

Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau is still ready to come over to Brus­sels for to­mor­row’s sig­na­ture.

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