German farmers protest federal tax-gouging

ER Editor: German farmer protests have been happening from just before Christmas to now. According to the Politico piece from Dec. 18 below, the German govt is proposing to raise taxes on farmers to the tune of a billion euros a year from them alone. This as part of an effort to raise 17 billion euros overall. Why this budgetary problem? Because billions in residual Corona funds were not permitted to be rolled over for climate policies according to a German court. Such an action would have violated debt ceiling rules and therefore the German constitution. See this from November 16 —

Scholz govt in crisis after budgetary manoeuvre to shift 60bn from C19 to Climate

Some tweets, from which it appears German farmers have given the government an ultimatum up to January 8 —


Peter Imanuelsen on the German protest, from yesterday Dec. 30 —

Now farmers in Germany are protesting, and it’s barely being reported on the news. I couldn’t find any international mainstream media reporting on this story. By being subscribed to my Substack you are now one of the few people in the English speaking world that is informed on this story!

Farmers will no longer get tax breaks for diesel and they won’t get an exemption from car tax for farming vehicles under the new plans.

They say that these new measures will help protect the climate…

Great idea. Let’s make farming much more expensive, thus making food more expensive in the name of climate change!

Farmers are not happy about this, so they have been protesting. Last month some 40 000 farmers blocked the streets of Berlin with an estimated 8 600 tractors – A 10 kilometre long convoy.

Watch video of the protest in Berlin here:

The protests have been ongoing.

On Friday, 850 tractors took to the streets to protest in the German city of Siegen. Watch videos of some of the tractors here:

Did you know that they are now feeding toxic chemicals to cows in order to get them to fart less? Yes, you read that correctly.

There is now a new “climate milk” that is made from cows that are being fed methane suppressants. Can you guess who has recently invested in companies that make methane suppressants? None other than Bill Gates.


German farmers protesting against the cancellation of tax benefits in Berlin | Peter Wilke for POLITICO

A convoy of 1,700 tractors blocked the main road leading to the Brandenburg Gate in central Berlin, where thousands of farmers demonstrated against a government proposal to end their tax breaks on fuel and agricultural vehicles. The government wants to introduce the tax increases, which the farmers say would cost the sector about €1 billion per year, to help plug a €17 billion hole in its 2024 budget.

“Today we have sent a clear signal to the federal government: Withdraw the tax increases for agriculture,” Joachim Rukwied, a farmer from Baden-Württemberg who serves as president of the German Farmers’ Association, told POLITICO at the demonstration. “Enough is enough, it must be withdrawn. This policy must come to an end, otherwise a change of government is necessary.”

The standoff illustrates both the fragility of the coalition’s recent compromise and the simple reality that passing a budget won’t be possible without making enemies.

The spending shortfall appeared last month after Germany’s highest court ruled that the government’s use of “special funds” financed with off-balance-sheet debt (to avoid violating the country’s deficit limits) was unconstitutional. The leaders of the governing three-party alliance between the Social Democrats (SPD), Greens and fiscally conservative Free Democrats (FDP) scrambled to find alternative sources of funding, agreeing last week on a series of spending cuts and other measures, including tax hikes on farmers.

That compromise, reached after an all-night negotiating session, began to wobble over the weekend amid backlash from the farm lobby, a formidable political force traditionally affiliated with the opposition Christian Democrats.

The farmers’ biggest worry is that the tax increases will force many in the sector, which already faces razor-thin margins, into bankruptcy. That risk is not lost on their allies in the German parliament, even those who belong to the governing coalition.




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