The EU, despite the fact that its member states are implementing austerity budgets, is to ask its members for an additional 4.9% (£5.5BN) for its 2012 budget.
It is clear from this absurd demand that the European Commission has lost touch with reality.
The member states, even if they wanted to pay more, are in no position to do so.
The EU has, by this crass and greedy demand, signed its own death warrant.
No one will shed a tear when this bloated, corrupt, undemocratic and inefficient organ is consigned to the trash heap of history.