Japan, EU Business Leaders Urge Progress On WTO Doha Talks

European Union and Japanese executives Monday pressed for a new urgency in World Trade Organisation talks on global trade while urging their own governments to promote two-way investment. Forty-nine executives from major companies such as Toyota Motor and Bertelsmann AG called on their governments to work to reach a basic agreement by a July deadline set by the WTO.

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.