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May 20, 2010

The Pending Fight to Reform the EU CAP


E.U. farm commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel downplayed the changes to Europe's Common Agriculture Policy (CAP).
"France, the E.U.'s biggest recipient of farm aid, launched a preemptive strike, warning that the global food crisis made the CAP more relevant than ever. "The solution to the crisis is not, first of all, through free trade," French Agriculture Minister Michel Barnier told fellow E.U. farm ministers on Monday. Paris also co-opted Germany, the E.U.'s biggest budget contributor, in its bid to maintain the annual flow of around $63 billion (€40 billion) in hand-outs to Europe's farmers."

For more see: Cendrowicz, Leo.  "A Fight Over Europe's Farm Policy," Time, 20 May 2010.

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