January 26, 2007


Political muscle raises hopes of saving Doha (Larry Elliott, January 26, 2007, Guardian Unlimited)

Hopes of a final breakthrough in the long-running global trade talks rose today as President Lula of Brazil joined Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in calling for a speedy end to the stalled negotiations.

Ahead of a meeting of 30 trade ministers in Davos tomorrow, the head of the World Trade Organisation, Pascal Lamy, said the involvement of political leaders and finance ministers had changed the atmosphere of the talks.

"The winds have restarted blowing in the direction of a conclusion of this round", Mr Lamy said this afternoon.

The best thing about an agreement from an entertainment perspective will be watching Democrats try to explain away how out of step they are with the rest of the world.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2007 1:38 PM
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