Posted by BrazilMax:During his interview with the FT last Friday, Celso Amorim, Brazil's foreign minister, admitted to feeling tired, frustrated and as if he had a bad hangover. "If the party has been good, a hangover is OK," he said. "But if it's been a bad party and your girlfriend has left with somebody else…"
Mr Amorim has every reason to look back on the collapse of the Doha round of talks at the World Trade Organisation in Geneva last week as a grim episode. Brazil's leadership of the G20 group of developing nations, which briefly showed so much promise, has come to nothing. Deep splits in the group emerged during the final days of the talks, with India, China and even Argentina putting protection of their own manufacturers and producers ahead of the interests of global free trade.
Mr Amorim, his team, Brazil and the world all deserved better, and even in failure and frustration Mr Amorim deserves recognition for the statesmanlike role he played throughout the talks. Brazil's farmers are among the most efficient in the world and they have achieved that status with none of the coddling handed out to their competitors in developed nations. Brazil has the expertise and land - most of it far away from the Amazon and other sensitive areas - to supply the world with the food it so badly needs. Instead, as Mr Amorim warns, what the world will get is more starvation and destabilisation.