Germany’s famous Spreewald gherkins, so iconic a regional speciality they receive the EU’s Protected Geographical Indication, are under threat.
Just one of many.

International competition is not to blame, not yet, rather it is the country’s own politicians introducing a higher minimum wage that concern Brandenburg’s vegetable farmers.

The Local reports that gherkin producers have warned that Germany’s new minimum wage, introduced as part of the coalition agreement by the Social Democratic Party (SPD) is forcing prices up and sales down.