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Improved food security has long been a justification for protecting farmers. In the long history of European agriculture policy flinging up tariff walls and subsidising production has nearly always been the governmental response to the prospect of potential food shortage. The evidence that such actions generally result in a reduction of production outside the protected… » read more

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The still relatively new UK Government believes that it can reform the CAP, settle the Doha Round and liberate the world’s agricultural markets. Subsidies will be phased out, import barriers and export restrictions removed and efficient farmers will face a brave new world of expanding markets and higher profits. ‘Oh, and while we are about… » read more

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

Much fuss is currently being made in Austria and elsewhere of latest revelations on fraudulent exploitation of the Common Agricultural Policy. In “The Black Book of Agriculture – the intrigue of agricultural politics”, one Hans Weiss has opened the lid on fraud and misapplication of CAP subsidies in Austria. The book made headlines in Austria,… » read more

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CONFUSION IN BERLIN

Agriculture ministers, as some wiseacre pointed out long ago, are the last people who should be allowed to make decisions on agriculture policy. The truth of this sagacious insight was once again demonstrated by the recent gathering of G20 agriculture ministers in Berlin. Much of their deliberations should have been devoted to seeking ways of… » read more

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