Cartoon by Köhler on the question of the CAP (30 September 1974)

‘The peasant wars aren’t over yet …’ On 30 September 1974, even though the Franco-German duo is working to serve Europe, German cartoonist Hanns Erich Köhler illustrates the deep divisions between French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing (on the right) and Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (on the left) over the common agricultural policy (CAP). Paris and Bonn particularly disagree over the question of setting prices for agricultural products. Although the two leaders initially shake hands to work together to ensure Europe’s bright future, the issues surrounding the CAP seem to plunge them back into the peasant wars that took place in the first quarter of the 16th century in southern and central Germany and part of Lorraine and Alsace. The French President, brandishing a scythe, confronts a Chancellor armed with a pitchfork, and their good relations seem to be long forgotten.

Source and copyright

Source: KÖHLER, Hanns Erich. "Die Bauernkriege sind noch nicht vorbei." dans Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Zeitung für Deutschland. Frankfurt/Main: FAZ Verlag GmbH. 30.09.1974, n°226, p.3.

Copyright: (c) Köhler / Wilhelm-Busch-Gesellschaft e.V., Hannover

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Cartoon by Köhler on the question of the CAP (30 September 1974)