This agreement is a further step in strengthening our system of GIs around the world, and it also gives relations between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova a new, positive dynamic. ItMeanwhile, back on planet earth Gideon Rachman in the FT highlights a few local difficulties,
What do the following stories have in common?Quite. Meanwhile the Eurocrats are fiddling with ensuring that in Moldova, pasties are protected.
1. France has started to block trains from Italy to intercept illegal migrants from North Africa.
2. A Eurosceptic party has made big gains in the Finnish general election.
3. Political squabbling in Portugal is raising doubt about the country’s ability to negotiate a bail-out.
4. There are growing demands in Greece for the country to default on its debts.
Answer: These are all symptoms of the same problem. The political understandings that underpin the EU are beginning to unravel.