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Nothing New Under the Sun

Much fuss is currently being made in Austria and elsewhere of latest revelations on fraudulent exploitation of the Common Agricultural Policy. In “The Black Book of Agriculture – the intrigue of agricultural politics”, one Hans Weiss has opened the lid on fraud and misapplication of CAP subsidies in Austria. The book made headlines in Austria, found itself on the nightly news, and topped the best seller chart. As a long time observer and analyst of European agriculture policy, one is intrigued that anyone still finds this subject surprising or even interesting. Be assured Herr Weiss, a few farmers (and pseudo farmers) fiddling their EU subsidy applications in one small state among twenty seven is as nothing compared with the historical scale of the CAP racket.

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