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"Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet" – the words are St Augustine’s, but they could just as well have been uttered by Peter Mandelson. Tweet

Posted 04 Oct 2006 in Blog, Europe, Trade
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Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Markel, is making noises about reviving the well-worn idea of a transatlantic free-trade area (FTA), and Susan Schwab, America’s top trade negotiator, has welcomed the idea too. So might the proposal finally get off the ground? Tweet

Posted 21 Sep 2006 in Blog, Europe, Trade, United States
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Doha is not yet dead and buried, but already the European Union is rushing to pursue new bilateral trade agreements instead. We should go beyond the EU’s existing bilateral free trade agreements, by setting out the case for new free trade agreements designed to deliver more open markets and fairer trading conditions in new areas […]

Posted 18 Sep 2006 in Blog, Europe, Trade
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Prospect, September 2006. Disappointment at Doha, but it wasn’t all America’s fault. Is BP having too much bad luck? And Wolfowitz demands that the World Bank stops corruption

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The world’s trade negotiators cannot seem to agree on much these days, but on one thing there is near-unanimity: the United States is responsible for the collapse of the WTO’s Doha Round. Peter Mandelson, the EU’s trade commissioner, told the FT: “If the US continues to demand dollar-for-dollar compensation in market access [cutting agricultural tariffs] […]

Posted 27 Jul 2006 in Blog, Europe, India, Trade, United States
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Prospect, August 2006. Higher energy prices are likely to mean rising inflation and slower growth. Plus the misguided populism of EU commissioners

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The WTO’s Doha Round has collapsed. After the failure of negotiators to break the deadlock in the world-trade talks over the weekend, the Round has been indefinitely suspended. The WTO now risks going the way of the League of Nations in the 1930s and becoming an ineffective sideshow. There would be preferential trade instead of […]

Posted 24 Jul 2006 in Blog, Trade
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G8 summits rarely live up to their exalted billing, but on the sidelines of this weekend’s meeting in St Petersburg, the US, the EU and the leaders of China, India, Brazil and Mexico all gave their backing for reaching an ambitious and balanced framework Doha Round agreement within a month. The deadlock may finally be […]

Posted 17 Jul 2006 in Blog, Trade
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As supposedly final deadlines come and go and the Doha Round staggers on, commentators like myself risk sounding like the boy who cried wolf. But July is surely the last chance for WTO members to agree the outlines of a deal – remember that the boy who cried wolf was eventually right. (Despite the high […]

Posted 11 Jul 2006 in Blog, Trade
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My former boss and good friend Mike Moore has written an excellent piece about prospects for the Doha Round, which is unfortunately only available to FT.com subscribers until Mike publishes it on his own website. Noting that ‘If you only read the headlines you would be forgiven for thinking the Doha development trade round had […]

Posted 27 Jun 2006 in Blog, Trade
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President Bush rarely intervenes directly in the WTO debate. So it is a sign of how the White House is ratcheting up the pressure for an ambitious Doha Round deal that he talked about it at some length in a speech this week: Now we’re confronted with a really good opportunity, by the way, to […]

Posted 17 Jun 2006 in Blog, Trade, United States
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In a comment on my recent post on the contribution of trade liberalisation to Asia’s success, Jim takes issue with my contention that China and India are very powerful examples of the benefits of liberalisation: before they started their reforms, growth was slow, but as they have opened up their economies, growth has accelerated. He […]

Posted 14 Jun 2006 in Blog, China, Globalisation, India, Trade
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Time is running out for the Doha Round. It’s been said so many times, but this time it really is true. To see why, count back from July 2007. That is when President Bush’s fast-track authority, which forces Congress to vote on trade deals without the possibility of amending them, is due to expire. With […]

Posted 12 Jun 2006 in Blog, Globalisation, Trade
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The AFL-CIO, America’s biggest trade-union federation, is petitioning the Bush administration to impose economic sanctions against China for violations of workers’ rights. The unions claim that the exploitation of Chinese workers is not only morally repugnant, but also economically damaging, alleging that it has cost 1.2 million US workers their jobs. They say this amounts […]

Posted 09 Jun 2006 in Blog, China, Trade, United States
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In a thoughtful comment on my recent Doha post, Matthew argues that It is simply not the case that the enormous growth of the Asia tigers is evidence of the efficacy of free trade because most of those economies were protected behind trade barriers and currency controls for most of their development and still are. […]

Posted 05 Jun 2006 in Blog, Globalisation, Trade
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Peter Mandelson, the EU’s trade commissioner, has announced a review of anti-dumping measures. These seek to protect Europeans from imports that the Commission deems unfairly cheap. Personally, I think low-cost foreign products are one of the boons of globalisation – allowing the pound in your pocket to stretch further – as well as being particularly […]

Posted 02 Jun 2006 in Blog, Europe, Trade
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Prospect, May 2006. The outlook for the Doha round may not be as bad as it looks; why a dreary North sea gas pipeline is at the centre of things; and Gordon Brown’s productivity problem

Posted 20 Apr 2006 in Other, Prospect, Published articles, Trade
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It’s a good day for Rob Portman and a bad one for the Doha Round. After less than a year in the job and just as the WTO negotiations are reaching a crucial juncture, America’s top trade negotiator has been promoted to run the White House’s budget office. It is understandable that President Bush has […]

Posted 18 Apr 2006 in Blog, Trade, United States
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From September 1st, the shaky prospects for freer world trade will rest on the shoulders of a French socialist. With the World Trade Organisation’s Doha round deadlocked and little time left to reach agreement, the new man in charge of the WTO, Pascal Lamy, faces a daunting challenge. Unless the former European Union trade commissioner […]

Posted 01 Sep 2005 in Financial Times, Published articles, Trade
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Discussing debt relief and third world development with Noreena Hertz on the Today Programme. Listen here

Posted 13 Jun 2005 in BBC Online, Debates, Globalisation, Media, Trade