Jul 3, 2008

Sarkozy v. Mandelson Gets Bigger

The Telegraph reviews Sarko's first day in the EU Presidency. It wasn't as good as it could have been. We focus on Peter Mandelson's contribution:

On BBC's Newsnight programme, Mr Mandelson attacked Mr Sarkozy in a row over a World Trade Organisation deal that would cut subsidies to French farmers.
"I am being undermined and Europe's negotiating position in the World Trade talks is being weakened and I regret that," said Mr Mandelson. "It's very disappointing because the mandate on which I'm negotiating…has been agreed by all the member states."

This rift is not what we need to achieve a good outcome from the WTO Ministerial.