Other than being the only internationally elected legislature, the European Parliament demonstrates a number of other oddities.
In an inspired move on Thursday, for example, the Parliament adopted a text as part of the report discharging the European Commission of the 2007 Budget, practically stating that the Commission had deceived not only the nice MEPs but also the good governments of Bulgaria and Romania over the Bulgaria's and Romania's preparedness to absorb EU money.
This text is actually a toned down version of an earlier draft which said "the European Commission has neglected the Copenhagen criteria for membership and has misled the public opinion and the European Parliament about the preparedness of Bulgaria and Romania, and has thus harmed the reputation of the European Union, and the stable development of those states"....
The story with Bulgaria and Romania shows that the European institutions - EC, EP, various directorates and services, work effectively only when the EU countries dont need them and fix the problems pretty much by themselves. All the expensive pleasure to have them is on the backs of the taxpayers. The EU institutions must reform to function properly in EU with 4 speeds.
The EC tries to help BG+Romania the same way like a one-eyed person tries to teach a blind one to shoot - so far without great success. Now who is to blame - the blind who cant hit the target or the one-eyed who gives instructions and wonders why the blind doesnt see it.
"The EU institutions must reform to function properly in EU with 4 speeds."
There's a great deal of resentment here in Germany about the way the EU organizations are slowly sapping the individual states and making laws which supposedly govern all members, even if they contravene the existing laws of the states.
The first big argument we had here was when the EU forced Germany to import foreign beer which wasn't brewed to the German "puprity commandment" quality. There has been a lot of talk here-but only talk--about withdrawing from the EU because German standards are higher than those imposed by the EU, so the EU law has a crippling effect on things here.
"the EU forced Germany to import foreign beer which wasn't brewed to the German "puprity commandment" quality."
The EU can't force Germans to buy or drink anything they don't want. Fortunately, the EU is not yet in control over individual's choices. This may change of course.
"The EU can't force Germans to buy or drink anything they don't want."
I didn't say "buy" or "drink". I said "import". The complaint was restraint of trade by being barred from German markets.
I have no idea what their sales figures are.
I know what you said. My point is that the only people complaining about "impure" imported beer are the German beer makers who don't like the competition. If German people did not buy the cheap imported beer, the importers will stop importing it. If there is no market for it, why bother to import it?
You missed the point. The "purity commandment" is centuries old, and the brewers have stuck to it. The people expect their beer to meet it. After all, all it does is specify the ingredients to be used, and---I think maybe--the brewing process.
The howl about having inferior beer on the market here came as much, if not more,from the public as the brewers themselves.
Germans are extremely touchy abut health matters.
"The howl about having inferior beer on the market here came as much, if not more,from the public as the brewers themselves."
Consumers vote with their wallets. The people who have a problem with imported beer should just buy German beer. What's the problem?
"What the Germans resented was outside interference in something they all agreed on to begin with."
If you consider importing cheap beer "outside interference". Remember, no one is FORCING German bee rmakers to lower their standards. And no one is FORCING German beer drinkers to buy inferior beer. Actually, Czech beer is not bad, I am told. I hate the stuff, never drink it myself.
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