The European Union, ‘controlled globalization’ and the tribulation of the Doha Round

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As a reply to the concerns of European countries about globalization, perceived as a threat, the European Union has turned into an advocate of the ‘controlled globalization’ doctrine, aiming at giving a WTO framing to the liberalization of world trade. Yet, the evolution of the Doha Round has damaged this position, by revealing the contradictions between European countries’ promotion of political objectives (such as the integration of developing countries in world trade) and the defense of their commercial interests. Blocking the negotiations led the European Union to change its course of action and to adopt the paradoxical and risky stand of advocating more trade liberalization in order to control globalization.

AFRI 2007 Summary

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