Klöckner also under fire in German Bundestag for EU agricultural plan

AGRI Committee meeting - Exchange of views with Julia KLÖCKNER, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture of Germany

The renewal of European agricultural policy also threatens to become a divisive issue in the German coalition of the CDU and SPD. In the Bundestag, Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) received no support from the SPD when she defended the 'stripped down' European CAP compromise.

Klöckner, who is currently himself temporary chairman of the LNV Council of Ministers, had made this compromise with the 27 ministers and the European Parliament.

In the Bundestag, the SPD, the Greens and the left-wing opposition joined in the course of Climate and Environment Commissioner Frans Timmermans, who believes that in the tripartite meeting (the trilogue) in Brussels, an attempt should be made to enhance the new CAP.

The SPD accuses their German CDU minister of having made too many concessions within the EU to the agri-lobby, and that now nothing or little is likely to come true from the Green Deal, biodiversity and food security.

“Minister Klöckner must now seize the opportunity in the CAP negotiations and not get stuck in deficit,” demanded Matthias Miersch, deputy party leader of the SPD. He thus supported the course of Timmermans, who is also a social democrat.

On Monday, Klöckner clearly complained about Timmermans' criticism that even hinted at the possibility that he will take the stripped-down proposal off the table. “It is imperative to take seriously democratic compromises found for good reasons,” Klöckner said.

The disagreement in the Bundestag about the consequences of European agricultural policy by German farmers is yet another confrontation between Klöckner and the SPD. Earlier this week, she complained about a new law to protect insects from the (SPD-led) Environment Ministry. The environmental department does not take into account farmers' objections in any way, but ignores them, she complained.

Bundestag elections will be held in Germany next year, after which a new chancellor must also be elected. Now that Angela Merkel has announced her departure, the CDU is sinking in opinion polls.