The international trade talks are still at an impasse. Unless some kind of compromise is conjured out of the air it is unlikely one will happen when 149 ministers gather in Hong Kong in December. France and, even more so, Ireland have dug their heels refusing to give up their disproportionately juicey subsidies. Unless something dramatic happens - such as the UK offering to give up its rebate to woo the French or Brazil and India offering rich countries access to their industrial markets – the talks could run off the road.
Then it starts to get messy. Oxfam says countries might take each other to court because, it claims, the EU and the US are illegally paying $13 billion in subsidies.