DON'T hold your breath, but it looks as if the European Union may soon be moving away from the worst features of the Common Agricultural Policy. Yes, this has been said many times since Britain joined what we once called the European Economic Community and critics say every reform effort until now has failed - even the ambitious Agenda 2000 reforms could be said to have only really tinkered with the system at the edges. But there are new, and perhaps irresistible, factors pressing for change today.

To outsiders the failure of CAP reform ...

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