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A triumph of hope over experience

Posted by Richard Thursday, July 12, 2007

A mere two weeks after Romania is warned by the Empire that it has failed to do enough to tackle high-level corruption, what does the EU commission do?

Well, having decided not to impose sanctions, it does the obvious thing. It awards the province €19 billion in slush development funds.

The first funds are due to arrive within days and, in an egregious example of hope triumphing over experience, EU regional policy commissioner Danuta Hubner says that the Commission would cooperate with the government to prevent "irregularities" in spending EU funds.

And we still want to be part of this?

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