Farmers fury at EU as fears grow Ukraine could mean demise of family farming

German farmers are voicing their anger at the prospect of Ukraine joining the European Union and coming under the bloc’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Joachim Rukwied, the President of the German Farmers’ Association (DBV) warned Ukraine’s accession would “lead to the demise of family farming in Europe”.

Speaking at a press conference on the future of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on Wednesday, November 15, he said the issue “must remain in the background of all political discussions” around Ukraine’s membership to the EU.

Ukraine’s admission would mean “integrating into the EU an agricultural sector with completely different structures, up to farms of the order of several 100,000 hectares”, he stressed.

The warning comes as the prospect of Ukraine’s European Union membership talks is now “at risk”, according to a senior official closely involved in preparations for the upcoming EU summit in Brussels on December 14-15.

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The unnamed official revealed that discussions within the bloc have prompted a “reality check”, raising concerns about the feasibility and cost of further supporting Kyiv, especially in the face of ongoing Russian aggression.

While the EU has consistently assured Ukraine of unwavering support against external threats, the latest discussions have underscored the financial challenges involved, Sky News reports.

“Leaders…were realising it’s quite expensive,” noted the official, highlighting a growing awareness among EU member states of the economic implications of extending support to Ukraine.

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The key question raised during the internal deliberations has been, “How do we pay for this?”

The question reflects the broader concern within the EU about the financial commitments associated with bolstering Ukraine’s position amid geopolitical tensions.

Adding to the uncertainty, the official disclosed that there is currently no consensus on granting Kyiv an additional €50 billion (£43 million).

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