Peter Mandelson is optimistic

A piece of (most­ly) puffery from the Com­mis­sion­er prais­ing Europe as a ¬¥laboratory¬¥of trade lib­er­al­iza­tion (you didn¬¥t know?)and call­ing on mid­dle income devel­op­ing coun­tries (read Brazil, India, Korea, Mex­i­co, Chi­na) to make more con­ces­sions to match the EU. No news here. No progress either. bq. Why, then, are we mov­ing with so many fits and starts towards Decem­ber’s key WTO min­is­te­r­i­al con­fer­ence in Hong Kong? Because open­ing mar­kets unleash­es resis­tance to change — and because many coun­tries still exhib­it an unhealthy brinks­man­ship, look­ing for oth­ers to “pay” into the trade round before com­mit­ting any­thing them­selves to the table. If you want to find “resistence to change” on mar­ket access, look no fur­ther than the beam in your own eye, Com­mis­sion­er. Look, for exam­ple, at “your own statements”: on gar­ment imports last week.

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