Paul Magnette

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A demonstration against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) in Brussels last month. Photograph: Reuters

It seems that provisional application of Ceta, the controversial Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada, might now be pushed(...)

Belgium’s prime minister, Charles Michel, has said his country is unable to ratify the EU-Canada trade deal after failing to win the backing of the regional parliament of Wallonia.

The EU-Canada summit scheduled for Thursday is “still possible”, European Council president Donald Tusk has said, raising hopes that a landmark trade(...)

 European Parliament president Martin Schulz and Walloon president Paul Magnette at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Melanie Wenger/EPA

European Parliament president Martin Schulz has said he is optimistic that the EU-Canada trade deal can be salvaged in the coming days following talks(...)

Paul Magnette, president of the Wallonian parliament. The French-speaking region of Belgium has voted to block the Ceta trade agreement between the EU and Canada.   Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

EU leaders left Brussels at the end of a two-day summit with the main question of the day unresolved – the ratification of the EU-Canada trade deal. (...)

President of Wallonia Paul Magnette attends a meeting on the comprehensive economic and trade agreement, a planned EU-Canada free trade agreement, at the Walloon regional parliament in Namur, Belgium

Canada’s trade minister walked out of talks in Belgium on Friday, declaring that the European Union was incapable of sealing a planned transatlantic f(...)

Protesters  show their opposition to the proposed EU-Canada trade deal, Ceta.  Wallonia’s regional parliament, which represents 3.5 million French-speaking Belgians, voted not to back the deal. Photograph: Nicolas Lambert/AFP/Getty Images

It was supposed to be the easy one. EU ministers were due to ratify an EU-Canada trade deal this week, seven years after negotiations began. But foll(...)

Flemish   NVA president Bart De Wever (centre) gestures during an election meeting  in Bruges late last month.  Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

On Tuesday evening, citizens across Belgium gathered around the TV to watch a pre-election debate between two of the country’s top politicians, Paul M(...)