I see in the news that Germany's Minister of Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt voted with yes for Glyphosat, although he should have abstained, because of a dissent in the grand coalition.
My question is, did his vote change the outcome? I saw that 18 of the 28 EU countries voted with yes. I guess one only needs 15 votes for the agreement, so a yes or a no would not have changed anything, or am I wrong?
Secondly, I read:
In all previous votes, no sufficient majority was reached.
Why were there several votes on this issue anyway? And did many Ministers from different EU countries suddenly change their opinion?