CHRONICLE - On the issue of glyphosate, Germany has prioritized its national interests, sowing doubt on the credibility of the Franco-German couple.
Christmas is coming, but it's a farce that a turkey could enjoy with a little advance. The stuffing is German. The turkey is French. Wonder of the Franco-German couple ... The dramatic change that surrounded the European vote on the reauthorization of the marketing of glyphosate tells us a story of the European Union, but also of our national governments.
On Monday 27 November, therefore, the European Union found a qualified majority for extend the life of glyphosate until 2022. And the vote was torn off only by a German reversal which will one day have to clear up the springs. Angela Merkel feigned the surprise: how? His Minister of Agriculture would have betrayed himself the arbitrations decided jointly in the coalition government? Immediately, the Chancellor blamed the unscrupulous. That should kill him with fear and shame ...
The question is not so much whether Angela Merkel has quietly granted a blank check to his minister to protect the interests of Bayer, in full process for the purchase of Monsanto. This would not be the first time that Germany would favor its industry, and the "dieselgate" proved how much the interests of the big German groups were a national priority in Germany. But Angela Merkel must have been aware that her new French counterpart had made this vote a symbol. The French request for a re-authorization for only three years was not only a fad of Nicolas Hulot and some environmentalists. It was the entire French executive that took a stand in this direction. One way to lie to those who fear abandonment in the open campaign promises of the environment, after the bust on the prohibition of neonicotinoids, the entry into force supposedly provisional Ceta and the decline on the commitments around the nuclear.
The myth of the Franco-German couple
This issue would have escaped the precious German partner? Angela Merkel could not ignore how much this reauthorization voted at the last moment by Germany was going to make pass the great declarations of Emmanuel Macron on the refoundation of Europe for what they are: a pretty story for children. Perhaps she has even enjoyed it, the chancellor whom the Western media claims to be losing momentum, supplanted by a cool and dynamic young man who is set to become "the next leader of Europe". For, in the shackles of the European treaties, designed to limit any regulatory will of states against the power of multinationals, refounding is not decreed by lyrical rhetoric before swept assemblies of students.
This sad revelation went unnoticed when the announcement of a renegotiation of the posted workers directive had made people forget that the transport sector was exempt from it. It becomes today unavoidable. At the foot of the wall, the German neighbor is a mistrust of a couple that exists only in the titles of the French press, and preserves its interests, its jobs, its industry (and now its agriculture, which he intends to expand markets to the detriment of France).
Or, but there would really be some bad spirit to assume, this German decision satisfies the French executive, glad that Germany takes the role of gravedigger soil and rivers, while France can still, with little fresh, proclaiming his hand on the heart his will to finish with a herbicide that will be difficult to eliminate in three years, when all the rest of Europe will still allow it.
The benign satisfaction of the Minister of Agriculture might suggest, but no! It would be inappropriate to ask why, on both sides of the Rhine, the Ministry of the Environment is being offered to nice environmentalists or relatives, while the heart of the reactor, the Ministry of Agriculture, where the real decision is made is future, is systematically entrusted to a close lobbies agribusiness, someone who will do its best to curb any development towards a model of agriculture based on respect for the soil and limitation of chemical inputs.
Changing the rules of this fool's game demands more than declarations and smiles. A stand-off, the will, the sense of national interest and faith in a regime, democracy, which prescribes that the choice of citizens, that of seeing a herbicide disappear, that of limiting free trade or that of mastering the free movement of men and capital must be imposed on all the good reasons, all the imperatives of governance. For the moment, democracy weighs as little as France.
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