The heady aroma of power without responsibility is wafting through the corridors of the European Parliament this week as legislators prepare to slap a blanket ban on the trading of seal products throughout the 27-nation bloc.
It seems little short of ridiculous that the assembly is poised to take this step just as the EU is about to hold a summit with Canada to mark the launch of negotiations on a comprehensive free trade agreement. If the European Parliament goes ahead with the ban, the Canadians have made it clear that they will start an action at the World Trade Organisation. Not exactly the best climate in which to pursue a liberalising trade deal, one might think. Read more