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    Like all international bodies, the European Union is concerned about public diplomacy. So in order to communicate its message more effectively, the European Parliament launched its own internet-based TV Channel this September – “Europarl-TV”.

    At a cost of €40 million (c. $50 million) over four years, the Parliament’s Vice-President for Information and Communication Policy predicted it would garner an audience of 20-40 million viewers for important debates. Sadly, Bruno Waterfield from the Telegraph has burst the EU’s bubble by revealing that Europarl-TV attracts less than 1,200 viewers per day.

    A quick perusal of Europarl-TV may reveal why: one of its leading segments on its “young Europe” section is a stunningly boring interview with the European Parliament’s rat catcher. At a time of economic crisis and rising unemployment across Europe, the EU aptly demonstrates its irrelevancy once again. Perhaps Europarl-TV would do better to explain why MEP’s are considering spending up to €9.2 million (c. $11.7 million) on a new fitness centre in the European Parliament instead of interviewing the local rodent exterminator.

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    3 Responses to Rat Catcher TV

    1. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      May be they need to institute a fairness doctrine?

      It seems that we can develop an axiom- public radio or TV subsidized by the tax payers anywhere will be a failure. EuroTV is the latest example affirming the truthfulness of that axiom.

    2. Tim Az says:

      What an excellent idea Americans need to hire rat catchers. We are overrun with rats in the white house the senate and the congress. Too much govt. cheese I think.

    3. Brian Barker says:

      As far as a common international language is concerned, may I make a plea for Esperanto?

      If you have time please check the Esperanto website on http://www.lernu.net

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