Belgium prime minister Charles Michel said he was not able to sign Ceta because of a veto by Wallonia and other French-speaking entities. But an EU-Canada summit could still take place this week.
The Greek government has built and broadened alliances in EU institutions and member-states that acknowledge the need to restructure the debt and deliver another economic model for the eurozone.
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EU finance ministers insist that the bank's losses are not a systemic threat, but they revive the debate about the safeguards put in place after the financial crisis.
Eurozone finance ministers gave their green light to the disbursement of €1.1 billion, but said they would wait before releasing another €1.7 billion.
Belgium's French-speaking region on Sunday rejected an EU Commission ultimatum to agree the deal by Monday, amid outstanding issues on an arbitration system that allows big firms to sue countries.
Canada said on Friday that the free-trade agreement with the EU had failed and that the bloc was "not capable" of concluding agreements.
The Belgian region's parliament debated on Friday whether to back the EU-Canada trade agreement, while the region's leader says that difficulties remain.
While EU ambassadors gave their tacit apporoval for a new text based on wallonia's requests, the French-speaking Belgian region again rejected to sign off the Canada-EU trade deal.
Officials have launched an 11th-hour mission to stop Wallonia, a Belgian region, from blocking a major deal with Canada, amid a broader rethink on EU free trade.
The Belgian region's rejection of the EU-Canada trade deal risks the prosperity of the entire continent.
Paul Magnette said it was "not reasonable" to ask him to back Ceta, which he said was "unravelling". He wants to reopen the negotiation.
EU states have urged Belgium to get the French-speaking region of Wallonia to agree the Canada free-trade deal in time for Friday's summit.
EU trade ministers will meet on Tuesday to agree a trade deal with Canada, but the conclusion might have to wait until a summit on Thursday.
The French speaking region of Belgium refused to authorise the federal government to sign the Canada-EU trade deal, wanting guarantees of further negotiation to sooth concerns.
The German constitutional court has cleared the way for the ratification of the Canada-EU trade deal for now, but Belgium's region of Wallonia is still an obstacle to its signature.
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The parliament of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels approved a resolution against Ceta. The Walloon parliament could do the same on Friday.
EU states could sign off the Canada-EU trade deal next week, if the consitutional court in Germany, or a Belgian regional parliament does not stop them.
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EU commission wants to spend another €2 billion on creating jobs for young people, but lack of data on who gets what from the scheme poses questions.
Iberian states avoided fines for breaking EU budget rules, but are to see structural funds frozen in a move dubbed "absurd" and ”bureaucratic" by MEPs.
Some hedge funds pulled money from Germany's largest bank on Thursday prompting shares to fall further, as the lender tried to reassure investors.
Germany has denied reports that it was preparing to rescue its biggest lender, Deutsche Bank, amid concern over a new systemic crisis in Europe.
A feud between MEPs and the EU commission is threatening to derail financial services regulation that would protect consumers from misleading investment products.
Journalists urged MEPs on Tuesday to crack down on tax evaders and money launderers, but EU states are reluctant to let a new inquiry do its work.
While the debate has escalated about China’s steel overcapacity, it is not exactly new. The first postwar steel crisis occurred in the US and Europe. Beijing seeks to avoid a deja vu of bad policies.
EU trade ministers said it was not realistic to finalise talks on the TTIP trade treaty before the end of the year. But they agreed to a similar deal with Canada and will take steps to have it ratified.
Future of CETA largely hangs on the support of Europe’s social democrats. Canada’s trade minister has been touring hotspots of scepticism to convince them that the deal is progressive.
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