Brussels Unstitched


Europe changes its tune on Chinese textiles

Returning from vacation is never easy, but Peter Mandelson may have found it worse than most. The European Union's Trade Commissioner came back to work last week to discover 47 million Chinese-made sweaters, 17 million pairs of men's trousers, 6 million T shirts and more than 8 million bras locked up in customs warehouses around Europe—and retailers across the Continent calling for his head. The enormous pile of impounded clothing was the result of a June deal that Mandelson struck with Beijing that limited some Chinese textile exports to the E.U. At the time, Europe's textile industry, backed by the French,...

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