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Germany: Farmers’ protest causes nationwide disruption

German farmers are angered by the government’s plans to slash agricultural subsidies. Blockades are expected to disrupt roadways across the country, posing a nightmare for commuters, according to DW news reports.

The German government says it is not considering any further changes to plans to phase out agricultural subsidies. The announcement comes as a week of nationwide protests by farmers got underway. “There are no considerations within the government to change anything,” a government spokesperson said during a regular press conference in Berlin.

The farmers’ protests have brought production at a Volkswagen factory in East Frisia to a halt, with staff unable to reach their workplaces.

German Economy Minister Robert Habeck has called for a debate about the agricultural sector in light of the protests. Habeck said the real problem for farmers was the economic landscape they were operating in with heavy pressure from discounters, slaughterhouses, and dairies, as well as a fluctuating world market.

Source: DW. Read news stories and watch videos here
Photo: Tractor convoys began gathering in Berlin ahead of massive demonstrations in different cities. Credit Jörg Carstensen/dpa/picture alliance via DW
Related: German farmers blockade Berlin with tractors in subsidy row – BBC

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