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Demonstrating farmers in Brussels leave no doubt that they have little left for the EU’s green grant. Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 04.06.2024 13:13:05

Economy and business: The Flemish far-right party Vlaams Belang is behind the protest, in which like-minded people from several countries participated. The party believes that environmentalists’ wishes for contiguous forest areas will lead to farmers losing fertile land and that this will threaten a traditional way of life.

Militant farming groups from a handful of countries rallied in Brussels in a show of force they hope will set aside the EU’s green deal and give farmers more control over whether they want to farm the land or not.

Hundreds of tractors took part in the protest in the EU capital.

The dispute, which is current in several of the 27 member states, is about what is best to protect farmers and secure food supplies: to let farmers manage their business freely as they see fit, or to introduce restrictions and regulations to reduce pollution and manage climate change.

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