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Politico: Big in Japan: How the EU pulled off its largest trade deal

After four years of grueling negotiations, the EU’s landmark trade deal with Japan boiled down to one intractable issue: soft cheese.

In an ornate room buried deep in Japan’s foreign ministry on the night of July 1, Phil Hogan, European commissioner for agriculture, saw time slipping away. His flight to Rome, where he was scheduled to attend a meeting of African agriculture ministers, was just hours from departure.

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