Argentina Seeks More EU Concessions On South America-Europe Free Trade

Argentina wants the European Union to make more concessions to the four-nation Mercosur trading bloc in order to create a free-trade area spanning South America and Europe, Argentina's Agriculture Minister Miguel Campos said Wednesday. An offer put on the table by Brussels last Friday was "a starting point, a minimum, which must be improved," the minister told AFP.

Losing Touch With the World

Along with the rising human, financial and political costs of occupying Iraq, the United States will soon be paying the price of neglecting other parts of the world. The most important case is Asia, where America is on the verge of going AWOL--absent without leave. This is particularly true when it comes to the economic issues that are of such great concern to the region.