The European Union is rapidly becoming a more important part of the daily life of European citizens. National countries have decided to transfer important powers in an unprecedented way. Budgetright, energy policies, border control and monetary issues are all decided upon by Brussels. But what does this mean for people's lives and how democratic is this development? Filmmaker Peter Vlemmix goes on a journey to uncover the core of the European project. Who pull the strings, what are the agenda's for the next years and why is Euro-scepticism growing. Does the European Union provide a better life for European people, or is it benefiting a few? This is the question addressed by Euromania, a documentary film containing interviews with some of Europe's most influential policy makers as well as personal stories from people directly touched by European decisions.Written by
I am just five minutes into this documentary and I am already so pi$$ed that I feel compelled to write my first ever review on IMDb.
These are the things that I noticed so far:
1) The author makes fun at the fact that the EU issues rules about things like the size of strawberries, implying that this is just a silly idea pushed by some crazy EU bureaucrat. Truth is that the size of strawberries is regulated to enforce a "trade standard". All civilised countries have such rules as a mean to prevent commerce fraud.
2) The author says that 80% of his country's laws are made by the EU. This is simply a lie. The European parliament hardly ever issues any acts that can be defined as laws (they are called regulations) but it rather usually issues guidelines (called directives) for laws which then have to be written and approved by national parliaments.
3) The author says that national governments are not allowed to decide how to allocate money in their annual budget. Another big fat lie. All EU countries AGREED to put a cap on their budget deficit, apart from that they can spend their money any way they want.
That's three lies in five minutes. At this rate, if any of you can make it trough the whole 55 minutes of this documentary, you might witness the author accomplish the quite significant feat of dishing out a total of 33 lies in a single video. Well, good for you, as for me, I've had enough of this nonsense already.
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