THE EU should start treating banana imports equally, whether they are shipped from hurricane-hit Honduras by America's Chiquita or from former European colonies in the Caribbean by Ireland's Fyffes. But the WTO's dispute settlement procedures also need urgent overhaul to stop such rows from festering in future. And America and Europe must grasp the desirability of abiding by WTO judgments. The WTO, like any international organisation, ultimately relies on consent. It can work only if all its members, particularly the biggest ones, agree to act in good faith.
The Economist, UK
EUROPE IS trying to tilt its market in favor of local banana importers, aircraft manufacturers and beef farmers and ward off cheaper US competition. Since open protectionism is no longer respectable, Europe cloaks its efforts with arguments about pollution, beef hormones and the devastation that free trade in bananas would produce in former Caribbean colonies. While not entirely without merit, these arguments disguise the real motives of European governments and impede reasonable solutions. A transatlantic trade war is in nobody's interest. Further frictions are likely as the US and Europe adjust their relationship to new circumstances.
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