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CETA is still possible: EU and Canada

CETA is still possible: EU and CanadaEU and Canada could still hold a joint summit in Brussels on Thursday despite Belgium's incapacity to sign an EU-Canada free trade deal, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Monday.

"Together with PM @JustinTrudeau, we think Thursday's summit still possible. We encourage all parties to find a solution. There's yet time," Tusk said in a tweet.

In Ottawa, a Trudeau spokesman said the Canadian Prime Minister and Tusk agreed to stay in close contact "in the coming hours and days".

Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland said "CETA isn't dead" but she sidestepped questions about what would happen if the EU failed to come to an agreement this week.

"We wish them well and we hope they can get there ... this deal is done - it's time to move on, get it signed and then get it ratified," she told reporters in the Canadian capital.

Earlier on Monday Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel told Tusk, who chairs meetings of EU leaders, that Belgium could not approve the trade deal because of opposition from its French-speaking authorities. The summit was designed for the EU and Canada to sign the agreement.
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