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The European Union Monday approved a five-year extension to the use of the weed killer glyphosate, in a move that failed to satisfy either environmentalists or farmers and pitted Germany against France.After a drawn-out process, the EU backed the extension with a qualified majority and was able to beat a mid-December deadline when the current license expires – 18 member states voted in favor, 9 against, and one abstained.Many farmers, who say the substance is safe, had wanted a 15-year extension. EU nations long failed to find a compromise amid conflicting health reports.Germany voted for the extension over the objection of Social Democrat Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, who said she had told Christian Democrat Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt on the phone Monday she was against it.
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