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First came the farmers’ protests in the Netherlands, then the Freedom Convoy in Canada. Now the farm protests have reached Germany.The background is simple: On 15 November 2023, the Federal Constitutional Court declared the budgetary manipulations of the Scholz government unconstitutional, in one stroke depriving our rulers of 60 billion Euros for their doubtful Green projects. It was one crisis too many for the coalition, and in the end it may be the undoing of them. Desperate to save money anywhere, they announced in December their plans to abolish subsidies for agricultural diesel and impose the standard motor tax on previously exempt farm vehicles like tractors, provoking an immediate outcry among the people who produce our food.1 Farmers organised various protests before Christmas, including large demonstrations in Freiburg and Leipzig. There have been sporadic actions since, including a spontaneous protest last Friday at the dock of a ferry carrying Economics Minister Robert Habeck; the protesters prevented him from disembarking and the press are still whining about it. The farmers promised to return after the holidays for a week-long series of protests and traffic blockades, beginning today and culminating in a massive demonstration next Monday in Berlin.Here is an overview of all the current actions. There are hundreds:
SURVEY: 69% of Germans Support the Farmers' ProtestUndeterred by the protesters' popularity, the press continue their smear campaigns, while "Extremism researcher" Matthias Quent demands that the farmers paint rainbows on their placards to repel NazisAlmost 70% of Germans support the great farmers’ protest, and only 22% are opposed, according to a new INSA survey. The support is present across the political spectrum but strongest on the right, with 88% of AfD voters siding with the farmers. By comparison, Letzte Generation (far left) enjoys the support of only 11% of Germans. ...For some reason – and I can’t imagine what it might be – journalists aren’t interested in talking with the actual people at the actual protests. When they interview “farmers” at all, they turn out to be carefully selected personalities. ...But it is Deutschlandfunk who bring the pièce de résistance, in an interview with “extremism researcher” Matthias Quent. He demands that the protesters more clearly distance themselves from the right, perhaps by carrying signs saying “Nazis get out,” or by painting LGBTQ rainbows on their placards. He believes that these will drive out right-wingers, I guess in the same way that garlic repels vampires.
The German farmers are greatly angry and there are a lot of them: An early report from the gathering great farmers' rally in Berlin
CNN ran an narrative-bending story yesterday headlined “Protests sweep Germany as far-right spots an opening.” Whenever they label something “far right,” it always catches my eye, since they usually mean the conservative counter-revolution. I wasn’t disappointed. They’re bending the narrative to the breaking point.According to CNN, the news is not the protests. The news is conservatives joining the protests. Accounts vary, but everyone seems to agree the protests began with German farmers, who are either unhappy about losing subsidies (corporate media) or about farm-destroying climate regulations (independent media). Then, according to yesterday’s reports, either regular folks or ‘far right extremist agitators’ joined the demonstrations. ...The truth seems that the nationwide protests are less about right-wing extremism and more about anti-establishmentarianism. What we are seeing is actually a massive anti-government sentiment that is uniting regular folks from both the left and the right, and corporate media is scrambling to hide what’s really going on in a nest of narrative nonsense.
they usually mean the conservative counter-revolution
How really "conservative" are the farmers enjoying government subsidies and protesting against reduction of these? Has the word lost its meaning completely? Is "New Deal" a "conservative policy" now?
Is "New Deal" a "conservative policy" now?
If the Germans are really short on cash, how about deporting the welfare fakefugees?
Not being utterly dependent on food imports or killing off one sector to benefit another (Farms for Manufacturing Exports) is a conservative policy in 2023.
The "Far Right" moniker has lost any meaning.
HOLY CRAP! French Farmers Dig Up Highways Leading To Paris As They Continue To Protest New Laws Designed To Put Them Out Of BusinessProtests intensify as farmers resort to digging up highways leading into Paris, causing disruptions in the French capital and impacting supply chains....
The EU as whole is not anywhere close to being dependent on food imports, let alone "utterly dependent". It seems that some states are clinging to the concept of small farms which are uncompetitive against bigger ones, let alone agro holdings. The average farm size in Germany or france is about 1/4 of American, in Poland (which also had some farmer protests recently) the average farm is even smaller - something like 1/20 of American. (And it's not like American farmers are not subsidized too.)
Again, it's not about subsidies,
Angry Italian Farmers Join Their European Counterparts in Protest Against Climate Tyranny
Victory for Europe’s farmers as Brussels caves in on emissions targets and eating less meatUrsula von der Leyen offers further concession by dropping her controversial proposal to halve pesticide use within six yearsThe European Union has caved in to angry protests from farmers, cutting its target to scrap specific agricultural emissions which formed part of the bloc’s net zero drive.A demand to reduce nitrogen, methane and other emissions linked to farming by almost a third has been removed from a wider Brussels plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 90 per cent by 2040.On Tuesday, Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, offered a further concession to demonstrating farmers by dropping her controversial proposal to halve pesticide use within six years.A recommendation urging EU citizens to eat less meat was also removed from the plan.The concessions came amid mounting demonstrations by farmers in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Romania ahead of this year’s EU elections. ...Manfred Weber, a German MEP and leader of the centre-Right European Political Party, from which Mrs Von der Leyen is a member, warned farming communities could shift their allegiances to hard-Right parties at the ballot.“We always realised that farmers are citizens and don’t want Left-wing ideologies that dictate everything to them,” he told the European Parliament on Tuesday.
“We always realised that farmers are citizens and don’t want Left-wing ideologies that dictate everything to them,”
As the European farmer’s revolt gains powerful momentum, Dutch MP, Rob Roos, joins Del with his take on why the EU is placing these strict restrictions on European farmers in the guise of climate activism. He breaks down the reasons behind the pushback of European farmers and the elimination of rights looming for everyday citizens under the guise of climate change.