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Dec 15, 2010

Geneva’s “Merry Widow” operetta highlights humor

By Jonathan Lynn

GENEVA (Reuters Life!) – A new production in Geneva of “The Merry Widow” uses razor-sharp timing to bring out the humor, in a production so fresh it seems Franz Lehar’s operetta was written only yesterday. Lehar’s masterpiece premiered in 1905 in Vienna, in the twilight years of Emperor Franz Josef’s Austro-Hungarian empire, and rapidly became a world hit.

The tale of a small, peripheral European country tottering on the edge of bankruptcy, diplomatic leaks, and a political figure who prefers starlets and champagne to the serious business of statecraft has an undeniably contemporary feel.

Dec 14, 2010

WTO’s Lamy tells negotiators to push for Doha deal

GENEVA (Reuters) – Members of the World Trade Organization are showing new energy and determination to reach a global trade deal but must now abandon fixed positions to clinch the agreement, the head of the WTO said on Tuesday.

WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said it was no longer enough to have “answering machines” around the table as the WTO’s 153 members respond to a call by leaders of the G20 and APEC to finish the Doha round trade talks next year.

Dec 13, 2010

WTO panel upholds U.S. duty on Chinese tyres

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States was entitled to impose extra safeguard duties on Chinese tyres, a World Trade Organization dispute panel said in a ruling published on Monday, rejecting a Chinese complaint.

The dispute contrasted the commitments of governments to fight protectionism with their right to defend local industries from floods of damaging imports, particularly from China.

Dec 8, 2010

U.S. hails China’s approach in Doha trade talks

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States is encouraged by China’s approach in the run-up to intensified talks on a new global trade deal, the U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday.

Now it is waiting to see whether that will be reflected in actual negotiations on the long-stalled Doha round, said Michael Punke, who is also Deputy U.S. Trade Representative.

Dec 1, 2010

WTO’s Lamy warns of trade impact of stimulus measures

GENEVA (Reuters) – Stimulus and bailout packages undertaken to cope with the economic crisis can have an impact on trade and investment and need to be managed carefully, according to the head of the World Trade Organization.

Director-General Pascal Lamy said the WTO would hold a special meeting in early spring of next year to examine the effect of those measures on trade and competition.

Nov 30, 2010

WTO’s Lamy says final Doha countdown has begun

GENEVA (Reuters) – Political leaders want negotiators to deliver them a global trade deal next year and the clock has started ticking on intensified talks, the head of the World Trade Organization said on Tuesday.

WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said the G20 and APEC summits this month had signaled they wanted the nine-year-old Doha round concluded and 2011 was a window of opportunity.

Nov 26, 2010

WTO envoys ready for Doha trade deal push in 2011

GENEVA (Reuters) – Ambassadors at the World Trade Organization, heeding a call from leaders at the G20 and APEC summits, have agreed to push for an outline deal in the long-stalled Doha trade round by next summer.

They face the challenge of translating their upbeat rhetoric into negotiating reality if the new target is not simply to join a long list of missed deadlines in the Doha talks.

Nov 24, 2010
Nov 23, 2010

Russia says in final stage of WTO accession talks

GENEVA (Reuters) – Russia has entered the final stage of its 17-year-bid to join the World Trade Organization and outstanding issues should be resolved in the coming months, Economy Minister Elvira Nabiullina said on Tuesday.

The comments indicate that the largest economy still outside the 153-member WTO could join the body that regulates world trade in the course of 2011.

Nov 19, 2010
    • About Jonathan

      "I write about world trade for Reuters and also lead our Geneva bureau covering international organisations based in Geneva. I spent many years in Eastern Europe, both before the Berlin Wall came down, and after 1989, when I covered the economic transition of the region. I also worked in Moscow from 1994 to 1998, where I set up Reuters domestic service for Russia and the CIS, and ran news operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries from 1998 to 2002 and Southeast Asia from 2002 to 2007."
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