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Oxfam has brilliantly exposed the EU as the worst of trade hypocrites; but it's a pity it still misreads the WTO

By P L   June 2002

Rigged Rules and Double Standards

Kevin Watkins and contributors

(Oxfam International)

Oxfam is an antidote to claims that people do not care about politics any longer. They may not be enthused by traditional politics but they turn up in droves to Oxfam events. That is reason enough to pay attention to its new report on world trade rules, Rigged Rules and Double Standards. There is also merit in the charity’s arguments. Oxfam says that free trade can benefit rich and poor countries alike, but claims that the rules that govern international trade are rigged in favour of the rich.

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