Looking through Fair Trade headlines over the past year, I found a series of articles related to the backlash associated with the Europe’s planned decision to reconcile Free Trade with Fair Trade. French Presiden Nicolas Sarkozy believes that the movement will enable the development of lucrative contracts with foreign countries such as China and the US, but the rest of Europe is worried that the decision could hinder their own markets. One notable commentary by Forbes contributor Tim Worstall discussed the misconstrued view of trade by the general public. In his words, “it isn’t countries that trade, it is people. They do so voluntarily as well. And things which people do voluntarily, without coercion, are by definition fair… So free trade, voluntary trade, is fair trade.” He then continued on to explain that according to economic theory, the purpose of trade is to eventually be able to have imports, and that exports are just a way to reach that goal. Looking at this strictly economic view of the dilemma, do you think it’s right to make the claim that Free and Fair trade are the same?