FRANZ Fischler has been making a lot of speeches recently. It is not because he has time on his hands, he is in charge of the European Commission's largest two budgets, agriculture and fisheries after all. Rather it is because he is cross with the Americans, whom he accuses of playing Janus at the WTO.

On one hand, says the usually affable Austrian Commissioner, you have the high minded US diplomats in Geneva, who are pressing the EU to scrap its farming subsidies, for that most excellent cause of promoting free trade, lowering food ...

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