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Volume 53, September/October 2018, Number 5 · pp. 253-256


Triage? Assessing the EU’s Modernisation Proposals for the WTO

Simon J. Evenett

This paper critically evaluates the proposal of the European Commission to modernise the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated to European Union Member States on 5 July 2018. The three elements of that proposal differ in their specificity perhaps reflecting the urgency with which different threats are unfolding to the world trading system. The proposals identify proximate rather than root causes of the current malaise and give the impression that a World War I style triage of the rules-based trading system is ultimately being contemplated.


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