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EU-Canada trade deal to be signed on Sunday

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>> Removing the final obstacle to a much delayed trade deal between the EU and Canada. Belgium's foreign minister signing the country up at last on Saturday. Ending a deadlock which almost destroyed the major agreement. That clears the way for an official signing ceremony with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday.
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The EU council's president Donald Tusk announcing the news on Twitter. Mission accomplished. More than seven years of work almost went to waste after the tiny Wallonia region of Belgium raised a series of late objections. Despite all 28 EU governments backing the pact known as CETA, Belgium couldn't sign on without Wallonia's consent.
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Trudeau even cancelled a trip to Brussels fearing he might be wasting his time.>> We have many results->> But after marathon talks, a few last minute tweaks were able to win the region over. Backers say CETA will boost bilateral trade by 20%. But protesters think it gives too much power to multinationals.