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The British government has finally made it to the summer break and a release from the political purgatory it has been enduring over the past few months. But a resurgent America?the single biggest cause of Blair’s troubles?will still be there in September. And in the meantime, although America and Europe are no longer shouting at each other, their multiple disputes continue to spill out into security issues (see Misha Glenny on the battle in the Balkans), international trade and much else.

The World Trade Organisation is one of the only international bodies which can still constrain the foreign, and even…

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