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Whereas the French farmers’ associations, after government concession announcements, have decided to suspend protests for the time being, new protests in other European countries—Ireland, Spain, Bulgaria and Poland—have begun. Slovak and Czech farmers plan bigger actions at the end of February; also, in France, protests may be staged on for the major national agricultural fair in Paris at the end of February.

In addition to the farm imports at lower prices with which Irish farmers cannot compete, another hot issue is Dublin’s intent to cull 200,000 cows in order “to reduce emissions,” claiming agriculture was a leading emitter.

In the related issue of the European duty-free imports of grain and other items from Ukraine is prompting Polish farmers with tractors to protest on the German-Polish border at Zgorzelec and Görlitz.

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