EU Extends Use Of Controversial Weedkiller After German Minister Switches Vote

Angela Merkel chided her agriculture minister for flipping his vote on use of the weedkiller glyphosate — a move that angered German allies and endangered Merkel's coalition-building efforts at home.
A tractor spreads chemicals on a field near Prenzlau, Germany, in 2016. Germany ended a stalemate among member states of the European Union, approving an extension of the herbicide glyphosate, which is widely used in large-scale farming. Source: Sean Gallup

The controversial herbicide glyphosate will be permitted in the European Union for five more years, after Germany's agriculture minister changed his vote — a move that angered Germany's allies and threatened internal coalition-building, while satisfying European farmers who had worried about a threat to their business.

Glyphosate, also known as Roundup, is widely used in large-scale.

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