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Latest update : 2018-02-06

A fair deal for farmers: How to make agriculture pay in 2018 & beyond? (part 2)

Rolling green fields, happy animals and rosy-cheeked fruit-pickers: that's the classic storybook image of farming that many of us grow up with, but the reality is often far from that ideal. We bring you a special edition of Talking Europe focused on the challenges facing Europe's farmers. In this second part of the show, we focus on France, where the number of suicides among farmers tripled in 2016 - with low incomes and disappearing profit margins seen by many as a major factor.

The French Agriculture Minister, Stéphane Travert, takes us to the Paris conference on the future of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), that’s due to be re-written as of 2020. Meanwhile, Luke Brown and Johan Bodin report on how the EU is already thinking ahead to this CAP in 2020 and on how to allow farmers to earn a decent living.

We also visit a vineyard in the south of France with MEP Eric Andrieu. He tells us why winegrowers tend to be relatively better off than other farmers. 

And are large retailers and supermarkets responsible for the low incomes of farmers? We take a closer look at the situation regarding milk prices. Luke Brown and Anais Guérard report.

By Catherine NICHOLSON

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Stéphane TRAVERT

French farming and food minister

Eric ANDRIEU

MEP from Languedoc-Roussilon, France's biggest wine-growing region

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2018-02-17 Cyprus

Greek Cypriot negotiator: 'We stand a chance' of reunifying Cyprus

Forty-four years on from the Turkish military invasion that left Cyprus split in two, and two weeks after the election that could relaunch peace talks, we meet the chief...

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2018-02-17 NATO

Towards a European army? The future of defence for the EU

"Europeans must take greater responsibility for their security". Those are the words not of Donald Trump, but of the European Union’s heads of state and government themselves, in...

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2018-02-03 agriculture

A fair deal for farmers: How to make agriculture pay in 2018 & beyond? (part 1)

Rolling green fields, happy animals and rosy-cheeked fruit-pickers: that's the classic storybook image of farming that many of us grow up with, but the reality is often far from...

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2017-11-26 European Union

Europeans and their food: World-beaters in tradition and traceability?

This month, Talking Europe takes a closer look at just what goes into European food – and asks whether Europe’s tight regulations are working, given the Fipronil egg scandal, as...

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2018-02-10 Slovakia

Slovakia's Europe minister on Bratislava's place in the EU and migrant quotas

This year marks 25 years since one of the countries right at the heart of Europe split in two. This was no civil war, but an event dubbed "The Velvet Revolution", which separated...

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