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    Mainly for EU members, obviously, but there are ramifications for the rest of the world so feel free to make your interests known if you are a non-EU rep too.

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    What concessions, deals, offers or closing-down-sales do you consider necessary or desirable, regarding the EU budget? How much would you be prepared to give up, and why/why not? On a broader note, what do you think the goals of the budget, and of the financial side of the EU in general, should be?
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    Japan feels it would be to the benefit of all if the EU brought down trade barriers and permitted more free trade, to the benefit of the member states and other nations. It is, to say the least, rather strange to see Communist China lecturing the capitalist EU on freer trade. However, the EU must decide for itself.
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    Cuba would like to see a freer world: America could start by lifting its morally despicable trade sanctions on us.

    Europe should kill the CAP and save lives.
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    Zimbabwe feels the EU should give up the savage, crippling Common Agricultural Policy. Not only does it restrict commodity movements, it goes completely against the prevalent Western rhetoric that more liberal markets are more successful markets. If the West genuinly do believe that its own neoliberal theory is sounds, then it should not adhere to interventionalist strategies into the 20th century. However, Zimbabwe doubts very much will come about from any reform, as it is in the nature of the unholy alliance of Blair and Bush, of Western imperialism, to economically ravage the South while concretizing its position as economically hegemonic.

    Zimbabwe concurs with the Cuban government, sanctions should be lifted in Cuba. As they should be in Zimbabwe - IMF debt should also be cancelled in line. The nature of the EU does not stand up to rational reasoning nor does it stand up to their own purported position.

    Zimbabwe calls for an end to EU neo-colinialism.
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    Ireland would not wish to see the end of the CAP which is a sustainable source of income for many, however it should be reduced in size and only given out as a last resort. Agricultural excess should not be released onto the World Market but be given directly to those who need it most.
 
 
 
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