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Belgian region warns pressure will 'stop' EU-Canada trade talks

Wallonia leader Paul Magnette said that he could not endorse the CETA accord under what he called the pressure of an ultimatumDelicate negotiations in Brussels failed Tuesday to reach an agreement that will allow an EU-Canada trade deal to forge ahead, as a holdout Belgian region warned it would stop the talks if it faced more pressure to sign up. Belgian and European Union officials held a string of meetings aimed at winning over the Wallonia region, which has prevented Belgium from supporting the agreement and effectively blocked a deal that must be endorsed by all 28 EU nations. “I want to be clear on the fact that we have already received three ultimatums and that we will not tolerate a fourth ultimatum, wherever it comes from,” Wallonia leader Paul Magnette told reporters.

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