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Holland - january 4, 1999

Dutch minister receives banana-vanille pie in his face

T.A.A.R.T. strikes again!!

Today the actiongroup T.A.A.R.T. (dutch for PIE), surprised the dutch finance minister Gerrit Zalm with two delicious vanille-banana pies (100% organic) in his face. With this action we want to celebrate his contribution to the introduction of the euro: the most undemocratic, megalomanic plan imposed on the population this century. Also, we want to congratulate big business, that finally succeeded in creating the unified coin - euro-, after years of lobbying in shady organisations like the Association for a Monetary Union and the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT). The euro, the crown on the Internal Market - also a corporate initiative realised by european politicians.

What are the objections of T.A.A.R.T. against the euro?

1. For years now, the EMU project (Economic and Monetary Union) has been an excuse for politicians and the corporate world to annoy the European population with budget-cuts and reorganisations. Because we had to be ready for the euro and catch up with the EMU criteria! In the future, downsizing, public spending cuts and reorganisations will become structural policy, thanks to the Stability Pact. Governments have to balance their budgets according to this pact, and are not allowed to spend too much money on for example social security and health care. If not, they will be punished by the omnipotent and unaccountable European Central Bank. The euro - we're all going to pay for this. Or, talking in Zalm-speak: "we have to increase the safety margins".

2. For the business world, the euro offers lots of advantages, but european citizens won't taste the benefits. Just like always, europeans will have to pay for using cash points, changing valuta and bank transactions. All the euro propaganda with which the government harassed us (tv ads, billboards, government leaflets, free info lines, newspaper advertisements etc) prove to be based on lies. The euro offers beautiful possibilities for companies to increase their monstruous profits. A strong, stable currency; a uniform, transparent market.... european politicians are trying their very best to create the most ideal circumstances for companies. Like Dutch Bank director Nout Wellink explained: "maintaining the Stability Pact is crucial for the trust of the private sector".

3. Entirely according to European Union traditions, the european population was not included in the decision to introduce the euro. The euro will be for all of us! the European Commission says, but no-one voted for it! Just a few countries had a referendum on the subject. Dutch politicians must be thinking the population is too stupid to have a say in this. And now we are told - like we are little children - to be very happy with the new currency. What a shame!

4. The euro is the next in a series of megalomanic plans, thought out by euro-fanatics who only think in terms of economic growth, ideal circumstances for companies and the competing power of the EU. The European Union is beginning to look more and more like an economic-monetary dictatorship in which european politicians obediently realise the wishes of corporate Europe, at the cost of european citizens.

T.A.A.R.T. does not feel sad about the disappearing of the dutch Guilder, but opposes a unified Europe in which monetary and economic interests prevail, without the population having any say in this. T.A.A.R.T. is in favour of true international cooperation, not based on money and corporate interests, but on solidarity, hospitality, fair trade and true democracy.

NO to a europe of bankers and companies!!! international solidarity instead of euro-dictatorship!!!

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