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  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: St Edwards Press Ltd; Second edition (11 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095541881X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955418815
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This should be complusory reading for all those who believe that the Lisbon Treaty should not be allowed to rest there, even after it has been ratified. --The Lord Tebbitt CH

Her book reads like a chilling cross between two Kafka novels, The Trial and The Castle... shocking --Christopher Booker

This book exposes who the masters of corruption are... An excellent expose of the corrupt undemocratic EU. --Matthew Davies

About the Author

Marta Andreasen was sacked for refusing to sign the EU's accounts (which had been prepared by her predecessor) because she could see they contained a 200 million Euro fraud. This book tells the jaw-dropping story of what happened to her. She is now a UKIP MEP.

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A. Crabtree on 14 Jun. 2009
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This book is a short (125 pages) diary-like record of the author's recruitment as Budget Execution Director and Chief Accountant of the EU, her attempts to reform inadequate accounting and their obstruction by European civil servants and EU commissioners, and her dismissal by the EU.

Most of the European civil servants' names have been changed, either because of libel laws or because the author says she still hopes for legal redress. In particular one Jean Maison, Director General of the Budget Directorate, who if the author is to be believed, would appear to be a Sir Humphrey gone very bad indeed.

This is an individual's record, and you must decide whether to take it at face value or write it off as a whinge (or perhaps somewhere in between.) The author's repeated and simple list of her department's failings and her attempts to reform them seemed intelligent and clear and I believe them. I doubt we will see a rebuttal; one of the central points of the book is that the EU bureacracy would only fight on its terms. Furthermore you can learn more about this complicated, and complicatedly dull, organisation in this short book than from much longer, impersonal volumes.

I found myself wondering whether the EU can ever work. The secrecy is outrageous. The unelected Commission, formed of failed and mediocre careerists like Neil Kinnock, operating in secret, proposes laws. A supine parliament (whose prostration will be partly due to incomes so massive they could be called bribes) sometimes has the power to examine and approve these laws. How can a continent that fought a war that was at least indirectly about democracy allow such a thing?

One gets the feeling that these things are unreformable.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Frankel on 8 Aug. 2009
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I've just finished Marta Andreasen's book, `Brussels Laid Bare', and the corruption described at the heart of the EEC, horrified me. This book should be required reading by everyone in Britain.

The courage displayed by Ms Andreasen, filled me with admiration; a lone woman standing up to the bullying of Neil Kinnock and his cronies, desperate to retain their perks.

Since the current government not only avoids criticising the activities of the failed Labour leader but actually chooses to reward him for his despicable conduct, we must hope that the next administration restores morality to the national agenda.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By chris bob on 14 July 2009
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a shocking exposure of the real object of the eu .to rule over every nation in europe and enjoy the good life at our expense it must be a worry for marta now she is an mep she knows to much !!!! she must be careful!Brussels Laid Bare
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Prof J E McLACHLAN on 2 July 2009
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This is an amazing story. Amazing because someone who discovered fraud, cheating and simple theft in the European Commission was hounded out of her job and the perpetrators got off.
It seems as though theft is encouraged in large organisations and nobody is allowed to question it.
As the Commission has a long history of uncertified accounmts by their auditors, surely SOME people should be investigating.
This money which is being STOLEN is OUR money folks - why can no politician stand up and be counted? Is there nobody who is honest these days?
Time to get politicians to be accountable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on 7 Nov. 2010
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To be honest, I wasn't initially sure about this book - I mean, we all know the great European project is corrupt, wasteful and condones fraud, and that no politician will ever take it on, don't we? Why enrage yourself reading any more about it? You just shrug and try to think about something else, don't you?
But, however much you think you've grasped this topic, this book is an absolute eye-opener. The unprofessional, bullying, dishonest way business is conducted there is absolutely horrifying and kudos to Marta for exposing it.
The bit where Neil Kinnock summons Marta (her attempt to introduce proper accounting procedures was making her very unpopular) and tries to bully her by telling her they can move her to another job anywhere, any time, with or without her consent, will stay with me for a very long time. (Marta calmly asks why they have called her to this meeting, then, if they can just go ahead and do anything they want). I don't know how she kept her sanity.
One cannot help but form the opinion that this outfit is not just misguided and inefficient (although it is both of those things) but could actually be run by criminals, for criminals. No more shrugging for me. Why should the taxpayer be asked for billions upon billions more, when it is all just poured into a gaping black hole?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marc Maitland, on 6 Jan. 2011
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This was a book, read in a single sitting today, which I was literally unable to put down!

Some will know a little about the story of Marta Andreasen, who was for a short time the European Union's Chief Accountant, and that she was suspended and then dismissed for "whistleblowing". In reality, she was simply doing what she was being paid to do - attempting to verify the annual accounts of the European Union, which its own court of auditors had been unwilling to sign off for 14 consecutive years. Miss Andreasen entered this quagmire full of good intentions, and her singular error was not to sign herself up to the trough-snouted gravytrain which seems to have pervaded every nook and cranny of the E.U.'s finances.

Miss Andreasen was disciplined for having the temerity to contact the E.U. Commissioners directly about something as simple and straightforward as recommending new accounting software - which had already been installed and paid for but was not being used - over the head of her undoubtedly corrupt line manager. One of the unfortunate aspects of this book is that, that same corrupt line manager and indeed many others (from Commissioners downwards) have been given pseudonyms in the book - I am not sure why. Each and every one of the cut-throats and desperadoes involved should be a matter of public record, and I am sure a little internet research will reveal the names of all concerned.
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