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Harper, EU Leaders Celebrate Trade Deal They Haven’t Sealed

Posted September 29, 2014

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Janyce McGregor – CBC News)

Negotiators finish 5 years of CETA talks, but uncertain ratification, political sales job lie ahead

Prime Minister Stephen Harper may be all smiles during his summit with European Union leaders in Ottawa Friday, as they celebrate the end of five years of tough trade negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

But Canadians – those who like CETA, and those who don’t – are already shifting gears for the rough road to ratification that looms in Europe.

Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council (representing the heads of state or government for Europe’s member countries), and Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission (the EU’s executive branch), are in Ottawa to discuss shared concerns, including the crisis in Syria and Iraq. Read more here.

Related: Harper Gives EU Leaders Free Plane Ride (Canadian Press)