FRANZ Fischler has given himself a tough job; trying to persuade dairy farmers it is time to expose themselves to unfettered world markets when prices are at rock bottom, while facing hostility to further CAP reform from some European Union governments, notably France.

But that does not seem to be deterring him. The avuncular Austrian EU agriculture commissioner has launched into a whirlwind of speeches preaching the gospel of CAP reform, above and beyond that agreed in the Agenda 2000 package.

At the heart of his sermons is ...

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