• WHATEVER WAY you look at things, the financial fortunes of farming are not good.

  • As financial events have unfolded in Greece we have focussed on them to the exclusion of something potentially more serious going on in one of the most important countries for global agriculture.

  • THE European Commission and its and member states - whether they are part of the 19 in the eurozone on not - are now in uncharted waters.

  • IN THE week that it is, it is difficult to write about anything to do with Europe without mentioning events in Greece and the eurozone.

  • ANYONE WHO met the EU farm commissioner, Phil Hogan, during his visit to Scotland is likely to have been impressed.

  • THERE SEEMS to have been a brief outbreak of common sense in Brussels this week.

  • When it comes to the public sector, transparency is an over-used term.

  • YOU CAN now add 'exit' to most things to make a headline.

  • CAP SIMPLIFICATION is a real motherhood and apple pie issue.

  • WHETHER or not it comes off, the Irish Farmers Association deserves credit for pressing the European Commission to investigate the fertiliser market.