Farmers threaten to block highways again

Greece’s farmers are threatening to set up roadblocks along the country’s national roads later this month in a bid to get a better financial deal for themselves, although government sources have dismissed the threat as posturing and a result of differences between the farming unions. Farmers shut down Greek highways last January and February, as they have done many times in the past, in an attempt to force the then New Democracy government into granting them greater subsidies. However, Agricultural Development Ministry sources said that they believe this year’s proposed action is borne of the desire by some unionists to raise their profile. The government points out that it has already set January 25 as the date when it will launch wide-ranging talks with the country’s farmers.

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