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Amid Farmers’ Protests and Disruptions, German Bishop Calls for Dialogue

Ying Tang
Hundreds of tractors, trucks, and cars are parked as farmers from nearby communities begin a week-long strike to protest against the government’s plan to cut agricultural subsidies and block roads in Cologne, Germany, on January 8, 2024.

The bishops’ conference president’s comments came before a backdrop of growing discontent in Germany, as the ruling coalition under Chancellor Olaf Scholz faces dwindling support amid a stagnating economy.