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Latest update : 2018-02-15

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 that ideal. We bring you a special edition of Talking Europe focused on the challenges facing Europe's farmers. In this first part of the show, we head to Greece and Poland.

In Greece, thousands of young people who have found their university diplomas useless in the post-financial crisis context, have returned to family plots of land to grow crops and raise animals. But low prices for their products mean for many it’s a subsistence, not a business. Our reporter Luke Brown went to meet several of these young farmers.

We also speak to Greece's alternate agriculture minister, Yannis Tsironis, about the challenges facing his country's farmers.

Meanwhile, our correspondent Gulliver Cragg takes us to Poland where farmers, despite large subsidies, still receive low incomes.

By Catherine NICHOLSON

Our guests

Charalambos KASIMIS

Head of Greek agriculture policy, EU fund management

Yannis TSIRONIS

Greeck alternate agriculture minister

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2018-07-30 Catherine NICHOLSON

What’s the future of forests in Corsica?

Wildfires that take lives, destroy ecosystems, and damage vast swathes of property and land have once again come to Europe's Mediterranean edge in the summer of 2018. In 2017,...

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2018-07-30 Catherine NICHOLSON

What's the future of forests in Sweden?

Recent forest fires in Sweden’s normally cool and damp lands have sparked alarm and brought new attention to the climate change that scientists say will make wildfires an...

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2018-07-23 Catherine NICHOLSON

'No evidence that refugee flows per se have brought insecurity', UNHCR says

We're now three years on from the peak of the crisis in Europe over an unprecedented influx of people seeking a new life in the EU. The numbers of arrivals are drastically down,...

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2018-07-23 Catherine NICHOLSON

Train tickets for young people: Building a new Europe, or simply free holidays?

Summer is here in Europe, and as thoughts turn to holidays and getaways, some 15,000 18-year-olds from all around the EU are getting some good news: they've been picked to...

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2018-07-16 Catherine NICHOLSON

Eurogroup chief Centeno: 'We need to put an end to what seems to be a trade war in the making'

This summer, there's big economic news for Europe: Greece is formally exiting its bailout programme, the ongoing trade war between the EU and the US, and plans to overhaul the...

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