The report is in German with English subtitles:
Most of the MEPs caught by the camera crew displayed the furtiveness appropriate to those who have been caught in a shameful act. But some respond with the angry arrogance of the seasoned apparatchik: “You miserable worm, how dare you come in here and monitor my activities!”
In a typical EU response, when the corruption and malfeasance of high officials is exposed, the strategy is to attack the journalists, hide the facts, and suppress public coverage. It’s similar to the way the Netherlands is tackling Islamization: by cracking down on blogs that criticize Islam.
Here’s more information about the video, taken from the blurb on YouTube :
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A Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in Brussels earns approx. 14,700 euros per month (~£11,587) [~$24,000], according to this RTL Report… How much the MEPs have to work (or don’t work) for their €14,700 is the subject of this on-site RTL investigation in Brussels. The video is about MEPs who sign in on attendance lists and then disappear immediately for their weekend. RTL investigating journalists were thrown out of the EU building in Brussels during their work.
Some MEPs try to justify themselves, some to invent excuses, again others flee before the camera and dash off to lifts or also in their confusion bump into the wall (German MEP of the Green Party)!
One-man crusader Hans-Peter Martin, MEP from Austria: “A Member of the European Parliament earns on an average more than the German Chancellor Frau Merkel and one wants to hide this from the electorate. Therefore, one obviously must get rid of reporters investigating this.”
Hat tip: Steen.