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The EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in response to blockades by farmers all around Europe, has lifted some of the planned restrictions sufficiently to persuade the farmers that they have won enough, and can get off her doorstep and back to farming.

But what has really changed? 

" ... the European Commission offered some concessions to the agricultural sector — but said it will not scale back its plan to cut 90% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 ... "

To achieve that, the death by a thousand cuts will need to continue, until the farmers are too weak to mount such protests again (Heaven knows how much the farmers had to spend on time and diesel to mount this one).

They need to use the upcoming elections to ensure that the usual suspects are removed from the EU parliament in June, but given that their authorities may not be above rigging such elections, that may be easier said than done. Still, the parliament does have the power to block the EU Commission's proposals, at least for a time.

The Defender reports for Childrens' Health Defence.