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EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson was on the cover of the South China Morning Post’s special WTO pullout section this morning, with the headline, “What’s Eating Peter?” The answer? Jetlag:

EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson, a central figure in the WTO talks, yesterday took a swipe at the conference organization, criticising the 10:30pm scheduling of crucial “green room” negotiations, in which a huddle of key ministers attempt to thrash out agreement on important issues in private.

“I don’t know whether the objective is to wear down resistance by driving the negotiators into a state of physical and mental exhaustion,” a tetchy-looking Mr. Mandelson grumbled. “I just think it is making everyone very cranky.”



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