Open Europe, a Eurosceptic think tank, recently published a list of bizarre and wasteful schemes funded by the European Union. Here are some of them:
£760,000 for a "gender equal" cultural centre, which was never built.
£358,000 for a Marathon for a United Europe
£358,000 for a project to get children to draw pictures of each other "to develop active European citizenship"
£155,000 for a top Portuguese golf resort
£89,000 for a Spanish hotel chain
£72,000 to create a virtual version of the city of Malmo in the online fantasy world, Second Life. Only 40 people watched the opening of this.
and £6.3 million for a cultural scheme "to encourage people to think about European identities". This last included a donkey called Asino, who was trotted around Holland to be shown to primary school children. The donkey apparently wrote a blog, which included a description of him waking up under a tree to find other animals staring at him. It read: " I was embarrassed! Now I understand a little how people from different cultures may feel in the Netherlands".
And yes, that was £6.3 million.