Germany CHAOS: Merkel humiliated as minister IGNORES her orders on EU vote

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
By Paul Martin

ANGELA Merkel’s already failing grip on power has been weakened even further after her Minister of Agriculture went against her decision and voted in favour of the weedkiller glyphosate.

Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Christian Schmidt’s action has been met with outrage after ordering officials to vote in favour of renewing the controversial weedkiller – against advice from her Chancellor.

Angela Merkel said: “As for the vote of the agriculture ministry yesterday on glyphosate, this did not comply with the instructions worked out by the federal government.”

Mr Schmidt’s decision also angered Social Democrat (SDP) politicians, especially from Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, who opposed the renewal.

The German U-turn reportedly swung yesterday’s vote and a ban on the chemical was postponed.

Ms Hendricks said that Mr Schmidt had acknowledged her objection in a text message ahead of the vote, and so should have abstained.

He told public broadcaster ARD: “I have made the decision on my own and within the responsibility of my department,” adding that he made the decision in an “objectively oriented matter.”

The Greens were also angered who called for him to resign.

Green MP Renate Künast told the news agency DPA it was “unbelievable” that Schmidt approved a five-year renewal of the license for the weedkiller despite a lack of agreement within the government.

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