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  • Friday, June 24, 2005

    US threatens wine war with Europe

    Yahoo reports: US threatens wine war with Europe

    European Union officials, pushed by traditionalists, are so far refusing to extend a current dispensation allowing the American practices, but US officials say that if no agreement is reached they will tighten application of the Bioterrorism Act. This law, introduced after the September 11 2001 attacks in the United States, covers imports of all food and drink. Patrick Ricard, a major figure in the industry, with interests in Britain and Australia as well as France, called for pragmatism. "Better a bad agreement than no agreement at all," he declared, though adding wryly: "If there is no agreement, I'll sell more Australian Jacob's Creek in the United States."
    It's rather sly of the US to use a piece of terrorism legislation for reasons other than terrorism, but we all know that there have been numerous examples of terrorism legislation being used for other reasons. See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts


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