Thursday, February 01, 2007

Email German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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Right now, the European Union (EU) is putting pressure on 75 countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific to accept trade agreements that are unfair.

The EU's current proposals for Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) will threaten livelihoods and hopes of millions of workers in some of the world's poorest countries.

The negotiations are at a critical stage and now is the time to tell the EU that these trade agreements must focus on poverty reduction and so pressure is urgently needed to change the position of EU Member States.

Send a message now to German Chancellor Angela Merkel who will be meeting other EU leaders during Germany's EU Presidency, which has just started. Tell her to listen to the concerns of poor nations and to use her enormous influence to make sure that EU trade policy is based on fair rules which help to lift people out of poverty.


Tristan said...

I see its an anti-free trade thing bringing up the 'infant industry' argument.

Sorry, can't support that as a liberal. I want the EU to abolish the CAP and all protection for its home industries, but its best for developing countries to engage in free trade as well.

The only fair rules for trade are those of free trade, anything else becomes mercantalism. To see how this fails, look at India, which is finally lifting itself out of poverty now its abandoned the idea of protecting infant industry and is taking advantage of comparative advantage.

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