Lobbyists

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One of many indicators of the sad state of Austrian politics: Conservative MEP Ernst Strasser is filmed by Sunday Times reporters accepting money for legislation:


Here's one of the resulting attempts at comic relief:


Still, nauseating sleaze and desperate humour aside, what's similarly disturbing is that Strasser would have gone free if he had acted as an Austrian MP instead of an an MEP. Contrary to EU law, Austrian law allows lobbyism in parliament, and accepting money for legislation is perfectly legal. I guess this explains several political decisions, and it turns politics into a farce that is losing the people's confidence with good reason.

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