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    Iceland’s Election Brings Major Changes| What Next For CETA?

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    The Icelandic elections deliver gains for the Greens and the Pirates, but the Social Democratic Party drifts into obscurity. The controversial EU-Canada trade deal, CETA, has been finally signed on October 30, but allegations of coercion arise in Belgium’s Wallonia region.

    Iceland's governing Progressive Party are out of the door almost as fast as they shot to power in 2013. The anti-establishment Pirate Party gained seven seats, and the Social Democratic party drifts into obscurity.  As the results of the Icelandic Parliamentary Elections become clear, we'll be picking through what they mean, with Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland.

    The controversial CETA trade deal between the EU and Canada was signed at the weekend. After years of negotiations, and a last minute veto by a Belgian regional parliament, which almost killed the deal entirely, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau traveled to Brussels to sign the deal on October 30. But with continued protests and opposition, just what will happen next?

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    The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), recall, protest, election, Vatican, United Nations, Justin Trudeau, Pope Francis, Naftali Bennett, Nicolas Maduro, Mariano Rajoy, Hugo Chavez, Spain, Israel, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iceland, Venezuela, Belgium
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