Spain asks Brussels for emergency funds to combat drought

According to Spanish Agriculture Minister Luis Planas, Spain has asked Brussels for emergency funds to help the agricultural sector cope with the ongoing drought. In a letter, Madrid asked the EU's agricultural commissioner to activate the common agricultural policy's (CAP's) crisis reserve since the drought "is much more accentuated in Spain" than in other countries.

Spain is bracing for potentially record-breaking heat this week, which could drive temperatures to near 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) in Andalusia by Thursday. The country's meteorological service AEMET said the temperature will make it feel like mid-July, even though it is still April.


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