THE EUROPEAN Commission has called on Germany to reform its spirits monopoly law regarding the production of grain brandy, Kornbranntwein. It wants to prevent small agricultural producers being unfairly favoured with state production subsidies denied to producers from other Member States, and, from 2006, to larger German commercial producers.

Indeed, the Commission has warned the German government that no subsidies should be paid for the production of grain brandy, because in 1989, Brussels branded this spirit an industrial product, ...

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