Germany has signalled its support for France's 'European preference' programme, possibly reflecting a mood in Germany which is critical of business and market liberalism. Horst Seehofer, Germany's farm minister, has said that China, India and the US should be forced to adopt higher environmental and health standards if they want to export to the EU. Poorer developing countries would not be affected.
British Chancellor Alastair Darling has claimed that the CAP is exacerbating the world food crisis. He is calling for the dismantling of the CAP, claiming it is costing consumers in Europe billions of pounds a year in higher food bills, while hurting farmers in the developing world.
Mr Seehofer dismissed Alastair Darling's arguments as 'complete rubbish'. We can rely on a lively debate, if not a very constructive or productive one.