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As a Belgian resident, I second Damien's clarifications. The Walloon socialist party's resistance to CETA and TTIP has very little to do with what is at stake from an economic perspective. It's all about posturing, about trying (rather desperately) to take back votes from an increasingly popular communist party in the Walloon region. In short: it's motivated by politics, not economics. As has been noted in the Belgian press, the Walloon socialist party (SP) is happy to promote weapons export to Saudi Arabia (you guessed it: rifle producer FN is based in Wallonia). Trade agreements with Vietnam: no objection. But Canada, being close to the US, is a welcome target for anti-capitalist rhetoric. And of course, that the federal Belgian government, political opponents to the SP, are embarrassed and outraged by Wallonia's veto, is a fine bonus.
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2016 on The Walloon mouse at Dani Rodrik's weblog
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