It is now twelve years since French brinkmanship pushed American negotiators
and the prospects of a world trade deal to the wire, securing the exclusion
of cultural products and services from the 1993 GATT agreement and the
maintenance of European systems of national quotas, public subsidies, and
intellectual property rights in the audiovisual sector. The intervening period
has not been quiet. Although the Multilateral Agreement on Investment was
sunk when Lionel Jospin pulled the plug on negotiations in October 1998, the
applications of new central European entrants to join the European Union and
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have been accompanied
by a continuing guerrilla battle fought by successive American administrations
against the terms and scope of the exclusion.
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