Theorem: Corruption is a way of life outside of English-speaking countries:
Europe’s official financial watchdog has refused to approve the EU’s accounts for the 11th year in a row because they are so full of fraud and errors.
The European Court of Auditors refused to give a statement of assurance on the EU’s E100billion ($160.3 billion) budget for 2004. “The vast majority of the payment budget was again materially affected by errors of legality and regularity,” it said. …
The repeated failure of the EU budget to be approved leads to annual buck-passing, with the commission blaming national governments for not taking responsibility for EU expenditure in their countries, and national governments blaming the commission for not improving the financial controls.