EU Unity on WTO Chief Frays as Hungary Backs Britain’s Fox



Michael Nienaber, Philip Blenkinsop | Reuters

BERLIN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU governments agreed on Monday on the qualities they want from the next leader of the World Trade Organization, but no longer back the same candidates after Hungary said committed Brexiteer Liam Fox would be one of its picks.

The bloc were united on their choices in the first round of selection as the field was cut from eight to five.

But Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Sunday evening his country would back Fox, a former Conservative trade minister who strongly supported Britain’s exit from the European Union, as well as Kenya’s Amina Mohamed in round two.

A number of EU countries, notably France, oppose Fox’s candidacy, EU diplomats say.

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