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30th October, 2016

It was never supposed to get this interesting.

The luxurious setting of Iveagh House, the Stephen’s Green office of the Department of Foreign Affairs, played host last week to the inaugural summit of the Ireland-Canada Business Association. It was standard fare; blue chip law firms, suits, sandwiches and speeches. But in this room, the focus was on an unfolding crisis 1,000 kilometres away.

The opposition of the Walloon parliament to the comprehensive economic and...

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