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"Mr President, man is fallen. Some people in every society and every system will give into temptation. Corruption is, if you like, not a product of politics, it is the normal state of affairs. The amazing thing is that in Western, democratic societies we have found ways to constrain it and to incentivise people not just systematically to loot the state. But one thing we know is that you diminish the capacity for corruption when you take decisions as closely as possible to the people that they affect. This is the fundamental problem with our structures here and in Brussels. It is not that the European Union attracts bad people – of course, it attracts some bad people like everywhere else. It is that there is such a distance between people and decision-makers; there is such a tenuous link between taxation representation and expenditure that the system encourages, at best, negligent spending and, at worst, straightforward graft. The solution of course is to push powers downwards and outwards to national or local authorities, or better yet to individual citizens."@en1
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