- No one is going to do anything serious about Syria anytime soon
- Vladimir Putin does not play well with others
- The US and EU will soon begin working on what could be the largest free trade pact in history.
It’s this last item that should most grab your attention.
I know; international trade talks are mind-numbingly dull – I defy you to read this text of the EU draft mandate approved for the upcoming negotiations without doing a Ferris Bueller (“Anyone? … Anyone? …”). But it’s a safe bet that if such a far-reaching deal is achieved between Europe and the US, we’ll be living with the impacts long after Putin and Barack Obama have each gotten over their agonizingly awkward G-8 press conference.