Germany’s Gabriel says he does not expect EU-Canada trade deal to fail

Germany’s Gabriel says he does not expect EU-Canada trade deal to fail

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Tuesday he did not expect a planned free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada to fail, but it could take some time to answer questions raised by Belgium and other countries.“I don’t think the agreement can fail,” Gabriel told reporters before a meeting of EU trade ministers in Luxembourg. “But Belgium and Romania, for example, still have questions that perhaps can be answered today. Perhaps we will need a bit more time.”All 28 EU governments now back the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement , which would be the bloc’s first trade accord with a G7 country.But the French-speaking region of Wallonia in the south of Belgium opposes the deal, and the country’s peculiar governing structure means it cannot sign up without backing from all its constituent parts.Gabriel said the EU Commission had taken a big step forward by issuing a legally binding declaration in the past month that showed the accord would not lead to reduc…

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