Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, has been accused of extravagance for his private office of 35 and two official cars.
Mr Schulz, a German socialist whose position is akin to that of John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, has a private office that includes a speech writer, two personal drivers, four foreign affairs advisers and a personal usher – a tailcoated aide who helps him to receive guests and briefs him on events.
The report “questions the availability of two service cars for the President of Parliament”. Separate statistics show the Parliament spent €6.9 million on transport last year, including maintaining a fleet of cars and even bicycles to ferry MEPs and senior officials around Brussels and Strasbourg. A source close to Mr Schulz said his office was smaller than his predecessors, and said the two cars were needed because it would not be possible to have only one driver while at the same time following laws on rest time.
No, it’s two cars with a driver each.
And what’s the betting that no one at all can see the connection between those requirements for rest time and the ever higher costs of doing anything in Europe?