Editorial, The Washington Post | July 14, 2008
The prospects for a global agreement to slash subsidies and tariffs at the WTO meeting in Geneva next Monday are dim. ++ At stake is the Doha Round of trade liberalization talks. ++ The latest threat to the Doha Round comes from an all-too-familiar source: France. ++ Sarkozy said "I will never accept a reduction in agricultural production on the altar of global liberalism." ++ Perhaps Sarkozy wants to avoid a fight with France's farmers, but if he were quiet, WTO officials' proposals could be taken into consideration.