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European Commission proposes new €373 billion budget to “match ambitions with resources” after Brexit, which basically means increased taxes across the board

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Because it wants to “match ambitions with resources” the EC says it will fund “new and pressing priorities”. Amongst those are research and innovation, young people (?), the digital economy (?), the pet peeve sustainability, border management, and security and defense. The EC believes this will “contribute to prosperity, sustainability and security in the future.”
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    Post-Brexit EU to raise budget with €300 billion, remaining Member States expected to chip in heavily

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Dutch Newspaper De Telegraaf reports that the annual €13 billion shortfall is going to be compensated by raising the seven-year budget plan from €1000 billion to €1300 billion, amounting to a raise of €300 billion, from 1% of the EU’s GDP to 1.14%. Seven years without the Red Coats amounts to a budget shortfall of €91 billion. So one wonders how they’ll spend the surplus €209 billion this new seven-year budget plan entails. According to EU sources, €30 billion will be spent on “guarding the EU’s outer borders”. How the remaining €121 billion will be spent, is not yet clear.
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    Heritage and embezzlement: EU spends millions on cheap plastic renovation of Bulgarian castle

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Unfortunately, the builders used “alternative” materials for some of the restoration giving the restored fortress wall and gate a ‘plastic’ look. Thus, the restoration of the Krakra Fortress has become notorious among Bulgaria’s archaeological restorations, with critics claiming that the EU money was likely embezzled by local politicians and/or construction entrepreneurs who used cheap plastic instead of proper materials.”
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    Juncker running his mouth again: “Italians need to work harder”. But also: “Countries first, Europe second” and now we’re confused

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Italians have to take care of the poor regions of Italy. That means more work; less corruption; seriousness. We will help them as we always did. But don’t play this game of loading with responsibility the EU. A country is a country, a nation is a nation. Countries first, Europe second.”
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    Video. The European Parliament would like to remind you that you owe your clean drinking water to the EU

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Maybe if the EU had offered any more information on how the “#EUbudget” made sure everyone in the EU had access to clean water, someone could say anything more substantial about the claim. But Monday-intern didn’t. Oh, well. Maybe they think that Monty Python sketch is some sort of bingo card and the EU has to claim everything on it at least once? The aqueduct? Check. Brought peace? Of course they did!
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    European Commission boasts EU supports that “in Dutch city all buses are powered by water”. But there is only one bus and it’s not actually powered by water

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Spectacular news from the European Commission (EC): buses can now be powered by water! Really? Yes! Well, no, of course not. Unless you work the EC twitter account. The tweet has a clip attached which explains that the bus is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hydrogen is not water, but hey.
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    EU wants Belgian railways to offer additional trains for Members and staff. Metro ‘too complicated’, 5-minute walk too long

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • In Brussels, the European Parliament is located at Wiertzstraat 60 less than 500 grueling meters removed from Brussels-Luxemburg Station. If we assume the MEP’s survive this five-minute walk, they are confronted by the fact that the NMBS, the Belgian Railways, operates only one direct train to Brussels Airport every hour, which takes them there in 21 minutes. Now, one train every hour isn’t a lot. But if you miss it, there is another train 8 minutes later, which takes you to Brussels Noord, where you transfer.
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    European Parliament calls for three new taxes “to match EU’s ambitions”, despite being €24.7 billion behind in payments

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The clip also claims that MEP’s stress that EU taxpayers should not have to pay more. Instead, the EU needs to find new, own resources. The clip’s suggestions?

    “a financial transaction tax, a digital sector tax, and a share of corporate tax revenue or environmental taxes.”

    It is hard to see how more taxes are ‘own resources’, rather than, well, more taxes.

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    EU’s anti-fake news bureau sued for spreading fake news. Dutch parliament now calls for its abolition

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “With regard to the article in question, we accept that the original wording used on the geenstijl.com (sic) website – ‘fascist political undercurrent’ – was incorrectly transcribed into the EUvsDisinfo database as ‘fascistic country’. For this reason, we can confirm that the item in question has been permanently removed from the EUvsDisinfo database.”
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    Essay by Dutch MP Thierry Baudet: The EU will end European Democracy

  • By: Thierry Baudet
  • In his dystopian classic, The Managerial Revolution (1941), the American political scientist James Burnham coined the concept of “controlled democracy”. According to Burnham, the civil democracies of the second half of the 20th century would – more or less gradually – be overgrown with backroom bureaucratic networks that make the actual decisions, all far away from the electorate and public debate. While this would slowly but surely erode the democratic mandate of governments, Burnham explicitly didn’t expect that this would lead to the dissolution of the European nation-state – in name, that is.
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