Why German Farmers Are Protesting: They Refuse To Be The Government’s Cash Cow

The air is getting awfully thin for Germany’s Socialist/Green government. Never in postwar history has a ruling government been so unpopular, and there’s a reason for that. 

The reasons tens of thousands of farmers and truckers have blocked major traffic arteries everywhere and paralyzed the country is because of the governments insatiable appetite for tax revenue, which it needs to pay for the massive green new deal to decarbonize Germany by 2040.

Moreover, governments in Europe are attempting to liquidate agriculture and hand over all the farmland to huge, faceless corporations. Farmers are rising up and are not going to take it anymore.

What is angering the farmers?

  1. Higher fuel tax. The government announced it would raise the fuel tax on agricultural diesel. Farmers pay 20 cents a liter less than regular motorists. The government now says farmers have to pay the same price as everyone else.  The problem, though, is that the fuel tax was initially imposed in order to pay for road maintenance and repair. And because tractors burn most of the fuel working the fields and not on streets, the government gave the farmers a break. The government now wants to end this “subsidy”.
  2. Vehicle registration tax. The government also wants to impose a vehicle registration tax on tractors and forestry vehicles. Up to now, these vehicles have been exempt, because again their use was mostly off road. Here the government wants to charge a vehicle tax on tractors and foresty vehicles as well, and thus put an end to this “subsidy”.
  3. Expanded highway tolls: Truckers are protesting the government’s plan to impose a highway toll on all vehicles that are 3.5 tons or heavier, beginning July 1, 2024.
  4. Inflation: Higher energy prices, in large part due to renewable energies, have fueled inflation and made it more difficult for farmers and truckers to earn a living.
  5. New fertilizer regulation, which limits and restricts farmers in their use of fertilizers and aimed to ensure “sustainable fertilizer practice, reliability for farmers, and clean waterways.

Other facts:

  1. 260,000 farms are operating in Germany. Many face financial hardship from the energy policies.
  2. The conservative right-wing AfD and center-right CDU and CSU parties support the farmers.
  3. The farmers and truckers are getting vast support from the population. Many are attending the protests.
  4. Environmental groups, like Greenpeace, on the other hand, say the government’s controversial measures don’t go far enough and that agriculture is emitting too much greenhouse gases.
  5. The farmers will protest at least a week.
  6. Despite the disruptions, the farmers and truckers enjoy support from a vast majority of the citizens. They know that they will end up footing the bill through higher prices.
  7. Farmers from neighboring countries like Poland, Austria, Hungary, France, Holland and Switzerland are joining the German protests.
  8. The media and government first tried to ignore the protests, but now are attacking the farmers, some are even claiming Russia or Nazis are behind them.
  9. In the meantime news of German farmer’s protests are captivating the headlines. The genie is out of the bottle.
  10. Germany faces even more chaos, as the train conductors of the country’s massive German railway are threatening to go on strike next week.
  11. Only 17% of Germans say they are very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the government. So there’s a real chance that the protests could even intensify and spread.

What can be expected to happen?

  1. Don’t expect the government and complicit media to give in to the farmer’s demands. They are ideologically driven and are convinced they know what’s best for everyone. They don’t care what the vast majority want. Dissenters get dismissed as rightwing nutjobs.
  2. The CDU/CSU center right party, under the leadership of Angela Merkel, started the whole mess and they are no opposition (German RINOS).
  3. Only the right-wing AfD party has taken on the role of opposition. Currently they are polling at about 21-22% nationwide. over 30% in the East. There are calls to ban the party, because some claim they are “a danger to democracy.”

Tumultuous times in Germany and Europe.

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  5. Fran

    The attacks on farming are aimed at reducing production. To the extent that this reduces surpluses that are exported to third world countries that are dependent on imports to feed their populations, this will lead to famine. It is hard not to believe that this is intentional.

  6. Bill Francis

    The West Australian state government legislated some years ago to reduce the amount of phosphorus in fertilizer, and banned super phosphate, thus making it more difficult to grow crops, commercially or domestically. This was based on the fallacious nonsense that it was polluting waterways. The German government seems keen to follow this idiotic reasoning and action, using the same excuses, all of which seem to emanate from Dystopia Central in Davos.

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