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Joint Protest by German, Czech, Polish Farmers

March 11, 2024 (EIRNS)—Farmers of Germany, Czechia and Poland staged a joint protest against European Union’s agricultural policy on Saturday, March 9. According to the Land schafft Verbindung (Countryside Creates Connections) farmer organization, 400 farmers with 150 tractors took part in the protests on the Polish side of the border-crossing near Bogatynia.

In a letter to the German government and the EU Commission, they called for a revision of agriculture policy in the EU. The farmers also criticized the EU’s “Green Deal,” which aims to make Europe a climate-neutral continent by 2050. They furthermore demanded self-determination of their activities on their own farms. They also demanded that imports—such as grain from Ukraine—should not be allowed to enter Europe uncontrolled. These would destroy the markets in all three countries, they said.

Also on March 9, Polish farmers met with their Prime Minister Donald Tusk, which had no satisfactory outcome. Today in Greece, farmers met with authorities of the government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Among their many demands were that the government should expedite compensation to the farmers and communities for the extensive damage to the agriculture areas from the 2023 Storms Daniel and Elias, and also build flood defense and other water-management infrastructure.