16th-17th May 2011: Continuation of Round Table with European House (students, lobbyists and NGOs)
The discussion followed several questions about accession funds. I responded as follows:
"There is a danger that we see the necessity for looking to others for funding. In fact Croatia and other candidate countries are being led into a dependency culture by the EU.
"Croatia is still suffering from the recession but we Nationalists have a saying: ‘What is physically possible is financially possible’.
We, unlike the EU, are not advocates of laissez-faire economics. If there are unemployed people and there are unsatisfied economic needs, the unemployed can be directed to satisfy those needs. Croatia and other candidate countries have been misled into believing that laissez-faire economics is solution, when, in fact, it is the problem.
The trouble is that the EU and member states have been treating Thatcherite or Friedmanite economics with a reverence that it does not deserve."