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Stefan Tangermann

Stefan Tangermann is an internationally renowned agricultural economist who writes for IEG Policy on a range of policy-related issues. He is a former Director for Trade and Agriculture at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and is a retired professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at the University of Göttingen, Germany.

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Why is agri-food so often the major issue in EU trade negotiations?

In the last few years the EU has negotiated a number of new trade agreements, most recently with the Mercosur countries in Latin America, and the European Commission expects to conclude more such deals in future.

Trade Agreements Trade Disputes

Brexit must go into ‘extra time’ to settle trade negotiations

As in a classic Greek tragedy, the drama of Brexit negotiations appears to be headed towards an irrevocable disaster. The Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the UK and the EU27 in endless meetings is considered unacceptable by a majority in the UK Parliament, and the EU27 are not willing to open the negotiations again.

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Brexit must go into ‘extra time’ to agree on future trading relationship

Like in a classic Greek tragedy, the drama of Brexit negotiations appears to be headed towards an irrevocable disaster.

Brexit Trade Agreements

Can England's future farm policy provide a model for the CAP?

While many people find the prospect of Brexit regrettable for a number of reasons, not only in the EU but also the UK, for analysts interested in the design of agricultural policies it involves at least one positive element.

European Agricultural Policy CAP

Will the Commission’s proposals lead to a future-proof CAP?

The Commission’s proposals for more subsidiarity and an emphasis on performance could lead to a “step change” in the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy, but “capping” and additional support for young farmers will be counterproductive for the sector’s competitiveness. In the long run, expenditure should be used to promote rural development and public goods instead of the continued reliance on direct payments and coupled support.

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Is direct subsidy really the best support for Young Farmers?

In the community of agricultural policy makers, assistance to young farmers is considered not only an innocent and highly desirable type of farm support but an absolute must. It has been a firm element of the CAP for a number of years and national agricultural policies of EU member states contain all sorts of measures to assist the establishment of young farmers.

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