Tuesday, September 9

Africans Head for WTO With Low Expectations. And so they should.

European Union (EU) Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler last week indicated that such demands went too far; in a sharply worded rebuff to poor nations pressing for the abolition of subsidies, he said: "If they want to do business, they should come back to mother earth. If they choose to continue their space odyssey, they will not get the stars, they will not get the moon, they will simply end up with empty hands."

No major concessions will, or even can, be given. We should rather look to protecting our markets in the areas in which 'we' are less competitive. (And while were at it we can start calling our champagne, champagne again, and tell the French and their sycophants to go stuff themselves.)

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