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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: GLOBAL ECONOMY

1. Decisive Game in Geneva

Lead editorial in center-right O Estado de S. Paulo (07/14)
comments: "The most influential trade negotiators will meet in
Geneva within a week to try to save the Doha Round before the new
U.S. president takes office. ... The positions never were so close,
and yet, it is still necessary to eliminate important differences on
market access conditions. ... There will be a tough game, in Geneva,
during the week of the 21st. The European representative, Peter
Mandelson, will be pressured by protectionist interests, especially
defended by the French government. U.S. representative Susan Schwab
will speak on behalf of a government at the end of its term. Among
the developing nations there are still important differences. But
the game is too important fatalistically to accept a new failure."


2. Cherry without a Cake

In an opinion article in liberal Folha de S. Paulo (07/14) former
Brazilian Environmental Minister Marina Silva opines: "The
international trade rounds on global warming, with some exceptions,
became a routine of failures or near-failures that, far from causing
discomfort, seem to be a calculated strategy to postpone
responsibilities. ... The intractable position of the rich countries
serves as a shield for the inertia of other countries, which
sometimes give excellent speeches, but seem to rely on the disaccord
of the "big" countries in order not to have to move beyond that."
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