Trade Policy and WTO Newsletter (September 2011)

In April 2011, Mr Pascal Lamy, Director General of the World Trade Organization, declared that the differences between the major players in the trade talks were unbridgeable. Deadlocks are a common occurrence in trade negotiations: the situation looked as bleak when talks broke down in 1999 (Seattle), 2003 (Cancun), Geneva (2006, 2008). However, this time things look more serious.