Winter 2002

Letter from the Editor

After the Euro, What's Next?

 I confess that I was surprised to see a human tide of 300,000 people invading the Champs Elysées to celebrate the euro's birth in the early hours of January 1, 2002. The sky was dark and the ground was black with people. But the array of lights and decorations lit up the famous street as if it were the middle of the day. The crowd, the emotion, and the cold made it hard to breathe.


The Spanish Presidency Proposes "More Europe"

Two words sum up the objectives of the Spanish Presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2002: "More Europe." The slogan signifies Europe's determination to claim its rightful place on the world stage, and the fact that the European project has been adopted by the majority of Europe's citizens, including those in Spain.

Spain now has the responsibility of pushing forward the main subjects on the European agenda, because an effective union is essential if we are to improve the living conditions of Europe's citizens.


The Success Stories Behind the Agreement in Doha

There were two important success stories behind the agreement to launch a new set of world trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in Doha last November.

They were not the only reasons the meeting succeeded, but they are particularly relevant to the trade and investment relationship between the United States and Europe, and to our work together on behalf of the global trading system. They also reflect the sorts of things that we will need to continue to do if we are to succeed in the completion of the negotiations, not just in the launch of them.


How to Clean Up the Mess of NATO's Incompatible Weapons

The problems faced by armies using different kinds of weapons, particularly weapons that are incompatible with each other, have a long history. In a circular letter sent to State Governors in 1783, as the Continental Army was being disbanded after the Revolutionary War, George Washington wrote: "It is essential [to the defense of the Republic] that the same species of arms, accoutrements, and military apparatus should be introduced in every part of the United States. No one, who has not learned it from experience, can conceive the difficulty, expense, and confusion, which result from a contrary system."


The Developing Countries Came of Age in Doha

The agreement to start a new round of world trade negotiations, reached in Doha last November, has saved the international trading system from disaster. After the abortive meeting in Seattle two years before, another failure would have constituted a fatal blow to the multilateral trading system and to the World Trade Organ-ization as an international institution.

Much of Doha's success was due to the joint leadership of the United States and the European Union and the personal commitment and involvement of Robert Zoellick, the U.S. Trade Representative, and Pascal Lamy, the European Trade Commissioner. From last May until the very end of the Doha meeting, they worked together relentlessly to secure the launch of a new round.