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The enthusiasm of the European Union and the United States for the forging of a bilateral trade agreement, while it may be good news – largely for multinationals involved in transatlantic trade – bodes ill for the future of multilateral trade liberalisation. Such agreements are as important for what is excluded as what they may… » read more

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SUGAR: THE UNFINISHED REFORM

The recently published Court of Auditors critique of the European Union’s reform of the sugar market regime, enlightening in many ways, failed to emphasise the most important lacuna in the Council’s 2005 reform agreement – the failure to deal with the implicit plot against the consumer inherent in the EU’s sugar production quota system. The… » read more

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The regular ritual verbal punch-up over the disposition of the European Union’s budget is once again in the offing. Opening salvoes have already been fired from the two traditionally entrenched sides of the Channel. The European Commission, in its hopefully impartial role, has called for a completely new approach, rising above the inevitable squabble over… » read more

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US HOLDS KEY TO DOHA

The Doha Round of trade liberalisation negotiations is well and truly stalled. No one is in any doubt about that. What there is doubt about however is: why? Developing country demands for greater farm subsidy reductions by the European Union and other developed countries, lack of access for European goods and services, US demands for… » read more

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To those unfamiliar with the arcane workings of the CAP it may seem strange that the French government supports its farm organisations in favouring the reduction of guaranteed income subsidies – even as a quid pro quo for greater market support and protection. Surely a substantial dab in the hand for doing nothing is worth… » read more

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy believes that a reversion to a traditional CAP based on market manipulation and frontier protection would cost the EU budget less than the current direct subsidy based system, The President told French farm industry leaders on March 6 that in upcoming CAP reform negotiations France would be prepared to trade budget… » read more

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