Eurocrats ‘acting like clowns’ after splurging £23million on circus acts in Palestine and Ethiopia

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EUROCRATS have been accused of “acting like clowns” after splurging £23million on circus acts in the last six years.

Brussels sent cash to troupes in Palestine and Ethiopia to promote free speech and diversity, leaked documents show.

The EU has splurged £23million on circus acts around the world

Huge payouts also went to big tops across Europe, including £182,000 teaching tightrope-walking in Belgium, Ireland and Romania.

The money was spent between 2014 and 2019, meaning British taxpayers forked out just under £3million of it.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said: “I always said it was a circus and we’re the clowns still paying.”

Two troupes in Palestine got £138,000 in 2016 to help “foster unity and diversity”.

Another in Ethiopia got £280,000 the same year, using some for a new big top. Eurocrats have splashed out on more than 400 circus-related grants, including £721,000 for UK troupes.

German MEP Nicolaus Fest said: “Many of my colleagues act like clowns, but I never thought they would actually fund the circus.

“Taxpayers deserve better than to have their hard-earned money squandered on such extravagant comedy.”

Nigel Farage blasted: ‘I always said it was a circus’

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