Tags: EU | Netherlands | Trade | Talks

Dutch Minister: U.S. Is Blocking Global Trade Talks

Tuesday, 23 Mar 2010 09:35 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

The Dutch economic affairs minister has accused the U.S. government of being the most important hindrance to global trade talks, the so-called Doha round of negotiations which have dragged on for almost a decade.

In an interview published Tuesday in financial daily Het Financieele Dagblad, Maria van der Hoeven said the U.S. is unwilling to compromise on any significant issues. It's a position she said was unwise for the world's largest economy.

"The United States is the country of free trade and free markets, but that does have two sides to it, you can't just take and not give," she said. Spokesman Ruud Stevens confirmed the quotes in the paper were complete and accurate.

"The Americans can build fences around their country, but when the time comes other countries will do the same," she said.

Van der Hoeven cited the failure of U.S. Congress to confirm a new chief trade negotiator as an example of foot-dragging by the U.S.

The U.S. vies with China as the largest non-European trade parter of the Netherlands, and this wealthy country of 16 million people runs large trade deficits with both.

It imported about euro10 billion ($13.5 billion) more from the U.S. than it exported in 2009, according to figures from the country's Central Bureau for Statistics.

The World Trade Organization talks on a new pact to eliminate barriers to commerce in agriculture, manufacturing and services began in Doha, Qatar in 2001.

Van der Hoeven said the lack of a deal is specifically hurting Dutch flower, meat & dairy and dredging services industries, where the Netherlands is among the world's largest exporters.

Trade officials from G-20 nations are gathering in Geneva this week to take stock of the stalled talks.

Van der Hoeven's spokesman Ruud Stevens could not immediately confirm whether the Netherlands was invited to attend.

Although the Netherlands is not among the G-20 nations, under the Bush and Obama administrations it has been allowed to attend group meetings anyway at the special invitation of the U.S. as a military ally and good trade partner.

Analysts say that policy will likely change after the Netherlands decided in February not to extend its mission in Afghanistan, as NATO and the Obama administration had hoped and requested the country to do.

The 1,600 Dutch troops in a restive province of southern Afghanistan are now set to depart in August.

Van der Hoeven's conservative Christian Democrat political party had tried to prevent the pullout, but the Cabinet collapsed over the issue, prompting new national elections in June.

Van der Hoeven is due to address Dutch parliament on Wednesday about protectionism.

The paper also quoted her as criticizing the American health care, education, and energy policies. "The country is not really in good order," she said.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Two-hour Arizona Execution Sparks Calls for Rethink on Death Penalty

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 11:22 AM

Lawyers for a double-murderer whose lethal injection in Arizona dragged on for two hours called for an outside review of . . .

Fans Protest Tony Dungy's Clarification on Sam Comments

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 11:06 AM

NBC sports analyst Tony Dungy has clarified his comments on drafting Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL player, but D . . .

Facebook Taking Piece of Mobile Ad Revenue Pie From Google

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 10:28 AM

For the ninth straight quarter, Facebook Inc. has blown away Wall Street projections, more than doubling its $333 millio . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved