The European Parliament votes to starve Eurosceptics of support - give free food to the disadvantaged.
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The European Parliament votes to starve Eurosceptics of support - give free food to the disadvantaged.

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Free food for EU support

The European Parliament is voting to hand out food to the poor, among other reasons to make them support the Union.

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When a poor European sinks his or her teeth into free food from the European Union, it increases that person's support for the EU.

That at least is one of the arguments used in the European Parliament voting in favour of donating over DKK 3.7 tax kroner in food donations to the poor.

In the 'Explanations section, in which the background to the proposal is explained, the poor and food are coupled to popular support for the European Union.

"Apart from its benefits in reducing poverty among the Union's most deprived citizens, food distribution changes their relationship and attitude towards the European Union and the Common Agricultural Policy," the section says.

It goes on to warn that negative attitudes towards the Union risk growing if the EU does not decide to donate food.

"Accordingly, any attempt to abolish the programme or limit its financial resources could produce an adverse public reaction, bolstering the ranks of the Eurosceptics," it says.

Another report
On Monday, the European Parliament carried another report on active dialogue with EU citizens in which disadvantaged people which also targeted the poor.

Among other things, the report called for member countries to provide more education on European history in schools and universities and to spend more tax money in order to develop effective communication campaigns about the European Union at all levels - nationally, regionally and locally.

It adds that disadvantaged citizens are those who are mainly opposed to European cooperation.

The report says that surveys show that the less-educated and less advantaged Union citizes are, the more likely they are to oppose further European integration, showing that the European project - despite earlier efforts - mainly reaches the more well-educated and advantaged segment of European society.

Edited by Julian Isherwood

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