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How successful are Coalition Governments in Europe?

April 29, 2011 - With Canada in election frenzy, concerns are raised about a would-be coalition government. Would a coalition government be a bad thing? What can we learn from the experience of coalition governments in other places in the world? Professor Amy Verdun sheds light on past and current experiences with coalition governments in Western Europe.

Amy Verdun is Jean Monnet Chair ad Personam and Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria. She is an expert in European Union Politics, and the relations between Canada and the EU. Contact Dr. Verdun at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Canada- EU Economic and Trade Agreement: not yet a done deal

April 7, 2011 - Negotiations to seal a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU are expected to wrap up this year. The latest round of talks take place in Ottawa next week with some tough areas still to be negotiated, including the thorny issue of public procurement. With the federal election campaign in full swing Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the talks are very much on track. A number of Canadian groups are campaigning hard against a CETA. On the other side of the Atlantic the European Parliament, which now has the power to veto any deal, is raising questions about the environmental impact of Alberta's oil sands and asking whether the EU wants to import oil from that province. The CETA is far from a done deal.

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