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bash91
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While there is no doubt that many millions of EU citizens have generously contributed to tsunami relief, it appears that the EU (thescotsman.scotsman.com) is much less sympathetic to the victims of the tsunami.

    Originally posted by Fraser Nelson
    TSUNAMI-struck Thailand has been told by the European Commission that it must buy six A380 Airbus aircraft if it wants to escape the tariffs against its fishing industry.

    While millions of Europeans are sending aid to Thailand to help its recovery, trade authorities in Brussels are demanding that Thai Airlines, its national carrier, pays £1.3 billion to buy its double-decker aircraft.


Words fail me in trying to describe my revulsion to this and the other NEWLY imposed tariffs mentioned in the article.

Tim



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As much as I'm loathe to (1) dredge up an topic that's a few weeks old and (2) defend the imposition of these kinds of tariffs, a quick scan of the article left me wondering if bash91 actually read the piece.

First of all, as concerns the planes-for-prawns tariff of the headline, it's surely worth noting that the EU "started the negotiation before the disaster struck Thailand"; while you may think that they should've withdrawn the demand following the tsunami. Of course, none of this applies to the imposition of exorbitant duties on cumarin, but it's worth noting because it suggests that this isn't quite the dastardly 'kick 'em while they're down' story that the headline and first two paragraphs - and bash91's post suggest.

Perhaps more significantly, bash91 seems to have failed to register any revulsion at the fact that the US continues to impose sizable - indeed, larger - tariffs of its own: "The EU has instead slapped a tariff of 12 per cent on its fish - three times that imposed on prawns from Malaysia, its neighbor. This is still less than the US tariff on Thai prawns: 97 per cent". If the EU's actions/inactions turn your stomach, I shudder to think what those of the US are doing to your poor digestive system.

It seems to me that bash91 was simply looking to indulge in some 'old Europe'/EU bashing, without much regards to the actual facts at hand. People in glass houses and all that...
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First of all, as concerns the planes-for-prawns tariff of the headline, it's surely worth noting that the EU "started the negotiation before the disaster struck Thailand"; while you may think that they should've withdrawn the demand following the tsunami. Of course, none of this applies to the imposition of exorbitant duties on cumarin, but it's worth noting because it suggests that this isn't quite the dastardly 'kick 'em while they're down' story that the headline and first two paragraphs - and bash91's post suggest.

I think it is possible to find both the EU and the US tariffs abhorrent at the same time*. As far as the planes for prawns thing, you are correct in that it isn’t a ‘kick ‘em while they’re down’ story. Instead, it’s bribery. The EU is demanding that the Thai government (since the majority owner of the airline is the Ministry of Finance) spend ₤1.3 billion on airplanes to get them to remove the tariffs imposed 5 years ago (because Thailand has a comparative advantage). Personally, even absent the tsunami, I find that disgusting. In the interest of fairness, I should point out that I find US shrimp tariffs positively obscene.

When it comes to protectionist policies, everyone should be an equal opportunity basher!

* Given Leviathan's expressed revulsion with protectionism, I realize he probably agrees with this sentence and any other anti-protectionist things I am posting.
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