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Walloon Nightmare Teaches Trudeau Art of European Surrealism

  • Belgium’s Walloon region held EU-Canada trade deal hostage
  • ‘Reaction against globalization,’ says Walloon politician
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Even for a country that gave the world surrealism, Belgium is outdoing itself.

Empowered by the European Union’s byzantine rules, the tiny region of Wallonia has managed to hold up one of the bloc’s most ambitious trade deals. Positioning themselves as champions of those forgotten by globalization, its leaders brought a Canadian minister to the brink of tears, frustrated an agreement seven years in the making and prompted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to question whether the EU is fit for purpose anymore.