After a widespread outcry, European officials have canceled plans to tightly regulate the olive oil served in restaurants.
The proposed regulations would have required restaurants to use only olive oil in non-refillable packaging -- packaging convenient for large manufacturers, but difficult or impossible for small craftsmen to market their oil in. The regulations would have banned classic oil jars -- and effectively banned the use of artisans' oil .
It may be a small victory, at least if you're not an artisan producer of olive oil, but it is a reminder: Victories are possible. The bureaucrats and crony businessmen don't always win. Not even in Europe.