Just when we thought some financial and political reality was dawning on policy-makers in Europe, up pops a politician who wants to introduce a new tax to fund the EU.
Jutta Haug, an MEP from Germany, is to chair a European Parliamentary committee looking at the way the EU is paid for.
She wants all countries in Europe to levy the tax – this could be on their citizens or something more specific such as on bank transactions – and send the cash straight to Brussels.
We’d all like to see greater transparancy in the EU’s budget but you’re living in a dreamworld if you think governments around Europe could pull this one off.
Back to the drawing board Jutta.