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Topic - Pascal Lamy
The 35-hour work week? Untouchable. The social safety net? Untrimmable.
International power brokers arriving in Chantilly for the 2012 Bilderberg conference were treated to a rude welcome by a raucous crowd of about 200 demonstrators Thursday afternoon.
China's entry into the World Trade Organization - ratified 10 years ago this week - was supposed to make the world's emerging economic superpower a better international corporate citizen, but Beijing has proven to be less than an ideal team player during the past decade, U.S. officials and trade experts say.
Where anti-capitalist protesters failed at the World Economic Forum, the protests in Egypt have become the most-talked about subject at the annual Swiss Alpine retreat of global political and business leaders.
Trade talks among the United States, European Union, India and Brazil broke down yesterday in Potsdam, Germany, raising the likelihood that international trade negotiations would collapse.
"This link among growth, competitiveness and jobs ... is the major problem of France and to a certain degree Europe right now," Pascal Lamy told Mr. Hollande at the meeting of the finance ministers.
"You're going to prison, scumbags," he shouted at a dark limo with tinted windows as it turned slowly into the hotel, the entrances to which were closely guarded by dozens of Fairfax County police officers.