Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with EU President Martin Schulz in his office on May 18, 2016. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)Reuters reported today that Schulz has told a German radio station that he did not expect the deal to be signed this week.
Wallonia won't budgeThe EU has yet to persuade the tiny Belgian region of Wallonia to drop its opposition to the pact, which is preventing Belgium from joining its 27 EU partners in approving the deal.
'If there is an agreement to sign, Canada is ready'"As the minister has said, if there is an agreement to sign, Canada is ready," said spokesman Alex Lawrence. "The ball is in Europe's court right now." On Monday, Freeland repeatedly refused to answer questions about whether Canada was prepared to sign the agreement after Thursday. Freeland and Schulz met Saturday in Brussels before the minister left Europe, declaring that Canada was done working on the deal and that it was waiting on Europe to finish its part of the job.
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