Why is this Man Smiling?

Posted by John Rosenthal

One might have thought that the WTO ministerial meetings in Hong Kong would be a particularly busy time for the head of the organization’s Secretariat. But showing exactly where his priorities lie – namely, in what the European Commission, of which he was lately a member, euphemistically calls “communication” – new WTO Director General Pascal [...]

Lamy Calling?

Posted by John Rosenthal

 [Originally posted at www.trans-int.blogspot.com] If the rumors reported in this article by Alan Oxley from TCS are correct, Pascal Lamy could be announced as the next Director General of the WTO by later today. An article in this morning’s Le Figaro [link in French] suggests the same, noting that India, which hitherto insisted that the [...]

Lamy’s Got a Friend

Posted by John Rosenthal

[Originally posted at www.trans-int.blogspot.com] “José Bové Has Pleaded his Cause in Brussels” read the headline in the August 14, 2001 issue of Le Figaro. Below it, a photograph of an apparently historic handshake – one sees as well a cameraman recording the moment – between two smiling European notables.     click on image for a [...]

Lamy’s Got a Gun II

Posted by John Rosenthal

[Originally posted at www.trans-int.blogspot.com]    Last week, the former EU trade commissioner Pascal Lamy was formally proposed by France as candidate to head the World Trade Organization. (See the Reuters account here.) Despite the official source of the nomination, Lamy, a Socialist who has some history of conflict with the current French government, is in [...]

Lamy’s Got a Gun

Posted by John Rosenthal

[Originally posted at www.trans-int.blogspot.com]    Showing the sort of unanimity that is possible for EU member states on issues where the smaller weaker members perceive no independent interest and would be loathe to be seen obstructing the wishes of the major EU powers, the EU-25 has come to agreement to present the French Socialist Pascal [...]