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Cold Economics For Colombia's Coffee Growers

The country faces dramatic debt levels among small-scale coffee farmers, as prices fall on world markets. Some have suggested a fixed minimum price for this key Colombian export.

Small Colombian coffee growers cannot live solely off the production of coffee anymore
Small Colombian coffee growers cannot live solely off the production of coffee anymore
Santiago Montenegro

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BOGOTÁ — What to do about Colombia's coffee sector? The question arises at a time of low prices on global markets. For good reason, for a long time until the early 1990s, the Coffee Congress was considered almost as important as the National Congress. In those years coffee was by far the country's most important export — a place that has been taken by products like oil, minerals, and cocaine. Since that time, other big changes have occurred, including a shift in production areas from central and north-central zones like Antioquia, to the southern departments of Cauca, Huila, and Nariño. Also, more growers have joined the sector for whom coffee is not the main economic activity or source of income.

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NATO Entry For Sweden And Finland? Erdogan May Not Be Bluffing

When the two Nordic countries confirmed their intention to join NATO this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his plans to block the application. Accusing Sweden and Finland of' "harboring" some of his worst enemies may not allow room for him to climb down.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared opposition to Finland and Sweden entering NATO

Meike Eijsberg

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LONDON — When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared his opposition to Finland and Sweden entering NATO, it took most of the West's top diplomatic experts by surprise — with the focus squarely on how Russia would react to having two new NATO members in the neighborhood. (So far, that's been a surprise too)

But now Western oversight on Turkey's stance has morphed into a belief in some quarters that Erdogan is just bluffing, trying to get concessions from the negotiations over such a key geopolitical issue.

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To be clear, any prospective NATO member requires the consent of all 30 member states and their parliaments. So Erdogan does indeed have a card to play, which is amplified by the sense of urgency: NATO, Sweden and Finland are keen to complete the accession process with the war in Ukraine raging and the prospect of strengthening the military alliance's position around the Baltic Sea.

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