Germany: Merkel condemns agriculture minister for breaking protocol in EU vote

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized the move of Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt to break the protocol and order voting in favour of renewing glyphosate in the EU, during a press conference in Berlin on Tuesday. «Rules of procedure must apply, otherwise legitimate collective work is not possible in the Federal Government, that is the same as for the coordination between departments... Еще, and this is how we must behave in Europe, otherwise we are not reliable partners,» said Merkel. Earlier Christian Schmidt voted in favour on the EU level to extend the use of glyphosate for another five years in breach of government instructions. The measure is opposed by the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and it's member — Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks. The Greens are also against the Schmidt's decision. The recent move may cause additional obstacles for creating a governing coalition in Germany. Usually the country abstains from the EU vote if ministers disagree on certain matters.


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