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Critics have slammed the latest easing of environmental conditions under the Common Agriculture Policy as further weakening a policy that was never sufficiently ambitious in the first place (Photo: Paula Soler/EUobserver)

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'A race to the bottom': How the CAP green ambitions unravelled

"Farmers have been heard," David Clarinval, Belgium's agriculture minister, said last month after EU countries gave their nod to a recent proposal by the European Commission to relax environmental conditions in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) — the EU's billion euro agricultural subsidy.

But despite the council's swift approval, outside on the streets of Brussels protesting farmers clashed with the police as they voiced the...

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Critics have slammed the latest easing of environmental conditions under the Common Agriculture Policy as further weakening a policy that was never sufficiently ambitious in the first place (Photo: Paula Soler/EUobserver)

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Piet Ruig is a Brussels-based journalist who previously worked for the Dutch public broadcaster VPRO.

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