The magnetism of Paul Magnette: the rebel of Wallonia

Article published on Oct. 26, 2016
Article published on Oct. 26, 2016

He’s the talk of Europe: in blocking the free-trade treaty CETA with Canada at all costs, Paul Magnette put himself and his Wallonian parliament directly in the spotlight. In defending himself as “the anti-globalist herald,” the Minister-President of the French-speaking Wallonia is definitely the man of the hour. Here is our portrait in 10 points. 

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Bonus:

Magnette's opinion on CETA, in one paragraph:

"A mandate was given in 2009. A mandate of about 20 pages. One that solidified the markers and the direction [of the CETA treaty, Ed.]. Between 2009 and 2015 the Commission has negotiated in name of the European Union, it is their duty, but they barely ever provided a report. Nor do they give any information on what exactly these negotiations are. So we got to 2015 and said: 'Hello, there you go, it’s finished.' And then those 20 pages became 1600 pages. And now, we ask you all to say 'Amen.' Well, no, that’s exactly what doesn’t work."

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Taken from his intervention the 16 October 2016 with the Wallonian Parliament, in Namur.