Austerity in Brussels

November 23, 2012

From today’s Times, a nice piece of understated humor:

[British PM David Cameron] said at a news conference that “Brussels continues to exist as if in a parallel universe,” referring to the headquarters for the European Union, which employs about 33,000 people in the European Commission, the union’s main administrative arm.

The European Commission had no immediate comment on Mr. Cameron’s remarks, but officials noted that the commission last year announced a number of civil service overhauls. These include plans to reduce the staff by 5 percent between 2013 and 2017 through “normal turnover,” to raise the minimum working week to 40 hours from 37.5, and to increase the retirement age to 65 from 63.

Now that’s leadership!

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