Susan George -- American expatriate living in Paris, who is the foremost international expert on the suffocating effect of sovereign debt on the third world.
*Complaints New Zealand has filed with the WTO:
- Against Hungary because of export subsidies (as explained above, export subsidies give exporters an unfair advantage by allowing them to sell their products below cost) -- settled by mutual agreement ( Hungary repealed the subsidies).
- Against European Union for classifying spreadable butter in a way that resulted in tariff on it (tariffs are local taxes that make foreign products uncompetitive by increasing their cost) -- settled by mutual agreement (the EU reclassified spreadable butter from New Zealand in a way that made it tariff-free).
- Against India for restrictions on agricultural, textile, industrial imports -- supposedly settled by mutual agreement, but India still restricts imports.
- Against the US for unnecessary safeguards on imported fresh, chilled, and frozen lamb -- the US dragged out the process for two years before eventually repealing the law, at immense cost to New Zealand taxpayers.
- Against the US for restricting steel imports -- although the US eventually repealed the law, they dragged out the process for years, making the demand that the WTO issue eight separate panel reports for different types of steel.
- Against Canada for export subsidies on dairy and other products -- settled by mutual agreement ( Canada repealed the subsidies).
- Against Australia for banning the importation of New Zealand apples, with the spurious claim that they carry fire blight (which only infects stone fruit) -- after dragging the process out for many years, at great expense to New Zealand, Australia finally repealed the law, but continues to find trivial reasons to reject our apples (discolored stems, etc).