Got a corruption problem? Throw some money at it

October 16, 2008 6:53 PM

If you've ever wondered what happens to the vast amounts of taxpayers' money that flows into the EU, read this and weep:

The EU, eager to improve the lives of the 7.5 million Bulgarians, dangled €11 billion, or nearly $15 billion, in aid. Far from halting crime and violence, the money effectively spread the corruption. Once Bulgaria's shady business types realized how much EU money was at stake, said many of Sofia's anti-corruption reformers, they moved from buying off politicians directly into politics.

Isn't it wonderful, the European Union? Today it's in your pay packet, tomorrow it's in the pockets of a Sofia "thickneck" and his murderous chums. As Tommy Cooper would say, "Just like that."

If you've ever wondered what happens to the vast amounts of taxpayers' money that flows into the EU, read this and weep:

The EU, eager to improve the lives of the 7.5 million Bulgarians, dangled €11 billion, or nearly $15 billion, in aid. Far from halting crime and violence, the money effectively spread the corruption. Once Bulgaria's shady business types realized how much EU money was at stake, said many of Sofia's anti-corruption reformers, they moved from buying off politicians directly into politics.

Isn't it wonderful, the European Union? Today it's in your pay packet, tomorrow it's in the pockets of a Sofia "thickneck" and his murderous chums. As Tommy Cooper would say, "Just like that."

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