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Get This Man Some Coffee


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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