There are no great surprises in the widely leaked Commission proposals for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy released today: CAP reform
Also, not surprisingly, UK ministers have criticised the proposals as inadequate.
The reform proposals have been overshadowed by the eurozone crisis which has understandably been dominating the EU agenda and media discussion. Its outcome will shape the future of the EU.
However, whatever shape the future eurzone takes, it is likely that budgetary pressures will ultimately play a substantial part in influencing the outcome of the CAP reform discussions.