October 21, 2016 / 12:27 PM / in 2 years

Merkel optimistic EU will find solution to trade deal with Canada

BRUSSELS, Oct 21 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she was optimistic that EU member states will find a solution to the deadlock preventing the bloc from signing a free trade deal with Canada.

All 28 EU governments support the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), but Belgium cannot give assent without backing from five sub-federal administrations, and French-speaking Wallonia has steadfastly opposed it.

“I am optimistic that one will maybe find a solution with regards to CETA,” Merkel said in Brussels. “But I can’t anticipate it.” (Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Caroline Copley)

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