Germany’s largest opposition party, the conservative CDU, blocked a decisive vote on parts of the annual budget scheduled for Friday (2 February), leaving unresolved the feud over agricultural subsidies that had led to mass protests of farmers in recent weeks.

Originally, it was planned that the budget for 2024 including would pass the Bundestag and the Bundesrat, Germany’s upper chamber, on the same day. However, while the Bundestag voted in favour of the bill, the Bundesrat decided to postpone a vote on parts that included cuts to agricultural fuel subsidies due to the CDU’s intervention. 

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