Belgian talks designed to end the deadlock over a planned EU-Canada free trade agreement ended on Wednesday without a breakthrough, but participants said they would resume on Thursday morning.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel worked with the heads of Belgium’s regions and linguistic communities to produce a common text to allay their concerns about agricultural imports and a dispute settlement system that critics say could be abused by multinationals to dictate public policy.. “We made a lot of progress, but we are not there yet. We will continue tomorrow, but we are close to an agreement,” said Oliver Paasch, the head of Belgium’s 76,000-strong German-speaking community.
European Council President Donald Tusk said earlier that a planned EU-Canada summit to sign the accord was still possible. It was originally planned for Thursday, but its timing now is unclear.
“As of this time, the summit remains on Europe’s agenda and on Canada’s …
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