IT maybe the size of Surrey, but pollution knows no boundaries and the European Commission is concerned about excessive nitrate usage in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Much of the tiny nation's river system flows into the Moselle, which is its south-eastern border and it flows into the Rhine and hence to the North Sea.

So the Commission has formally requested that Luxembourg tightens its nitrate controls, charging it with failing to abide by the European Union (EU) nitrates directive. In a statement, it said: "The law aims to control ...

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