From today (Thursday, 1 Feb), Spanish farmers will join forces with their European counterparts to protest against the European Green Deal and the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for 2023-2027. Farmers say their livelihoods are being threatened by excessive regulation on environmental protection. Simmering discontent among European growers has exploded into protests and blockages of ports and roads in recent months, spreading from Germany to the Netherlands, Romania, Greece, Belgium, France – and now Spain. These developments follow the wave of protests in France, where farmers blocked highways into Paris, forcing the government to reverse its decision to raise taxes on agricultural diesel.

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