Bribing Croatia to join the EU
This is appalling. Absolutely appalling.
As Nigel Farage observes, the whole campaign is ‘bent, corrupted and distorted’.
It’s one thing to blame the Communists.
They are not, however, working alone.
Mr Farage points out that Croatia does not have a free press. This is curious, since there exists a European Charter on Freedom of the Press, which you might think ought to be a pre-requisite for EU membership. After all, how can a nation be in any sense democratic if there is no media pluralism and freedom of expression?
As the EU Commission states: '...in order to have effective freedom of the press, public authorities have a role to play: they must be ready to protect freedom of expression and foster its development'. It is incumbent upon the Commission to itself comply with this Charter and contribute actively to ensuring its recognition throughout the European Union. In the press release announcing the Charter, there was a call for it 'to be made a condition for candidate countries in future accession negotiations'.
How on earth can an EU member state be permitted to censor its media, prohibit free access to national and foreign media sources, and deny its journalists the freedom to gather and disseminate information?
Unless, of course, the EU is concerned neither with freedom nor democracy.