From the country that invented diplomatic language

That bastion of free trade thinking, France, has decided to throw a massive spanner in the European works — again. After EU trade ministers reached agreement on their stance in the Doha round negotiations, France decided to throw its toys out of the pram.

I want to be positive about the future of Europe, but France’s attitude in particular makes it very difficult. So long as European decisions go its way, there’s no country more communitaire than the hexagon. But when decisions go against them, there’s no country quicker to go off in a huff.

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