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WTO: Why Potsdam Failed

The Potsdam meeting of the G-4 has failed, throwing the Doha round of the World Trade Organisation into a crisis. The EU and the US got together, arrived at a mutual rapprochement in agriculture, and united to press Brazil and India very hard on non-agricultural market access. The developing countries are going to benefit very little or nothing from the "lowered ambition" of the EU and the US in agriculture. In the final analysis, it seems that the US and EU on the one hand and Brazil and India on the other have very different and contrasting notions of what promotes development.

The Potsdam meeting of the G-4 has failed, throwing the Doha round of the World Trade Organisation into a crisis. The EU and the US got together, arrived at a mutual rapprochement in agriculture, and united to press Brazil and India very hard on non-agricultural market access. The developing countries are going to benefit very little or nothing from the lowered ambition of the EU and the US in agriculture. In the final analysis, it seems that the US and EU on the one hand and Brazil and India on the other have very different and contrasting notions of

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