The Wall Street Journal: EU-Canada trade deal salvaged after Belgium gives its blessing

BRUSSELS—A planned trade deal between the European Union and Canada overcame a key hurdle Thursday after Belgium said it would approve the accord, marking the end of a contentious process that threatened to derail the EU’s trade agenda.

The so-called Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA, has been on thin ice in recent weeks after opposition by Wallonia, Belgium’s French-speaking region, has kept the country’s leadership from supporting the deal.

“Belgian agreement on CETA,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel wrote on his Twitter account. “All parliaments are now able to approve by tomorrow at midnight. Important step for EU and Canada.

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