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While it might be nice to be numero uno in an organisation, I' not sure I would regard the job of WTO Chief as much of a promotion these days. Rather it is something of a poisoned chalice, with Trump tearing up trade agreements for fun.

The EU Commissioner for trade job is also going to be a tough job in the next few years, with EU/UK trade talks likely to break down, and a war of words to ensue. Anybody in that job is not going to be popular in the UK, or popular in Ireland if the application of WTO rules ruins Ireland's beef and food trade with the UK.

So I would prefer a cussed Frenchman in either role, someone not afraid to play the bad cop as tensions rise.

I suggest Hogan gets off the fence and makes a decision either way. One phone call to the US should clear up whether he has their support for the WTO role. If not, he has another reason to give them a hard time in any future EU/US negotiations.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jun 21st, 2020 at 08:42:34 PM EST
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