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The Doha trade talks may have failed, but thanks to Mandelson, the EU is escaping the blame. Plus, even a PR agency can't save Bulgaria from having its aid suspended

By Manneken Pis   September 2008

Mandelson’s wasted years

The collapse of the most recent round of trade talks was a blow for Peter Mandelson, who now knows that much of his four years as European trade commissioner have been wasted. But at least he won the battle of spin. When the talks collapsed in acrimony after nine days of ministerial chatter in Geneva, the main culprits looked to be the US and India—countries where elections are looming.

Avoiding being the fall guy is an achievement for the EU, which has shouldered much of the blame in previous failed rounds. This time, Mandelson used his famed…

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