What would the E.U. do without all the prostitution and drugs that inhabit the continent? Apparently go absolutely broke…again.
From The Sovereign Man blog:
The new accounting rules mandated by the EU’s statistics office, Eurostat, include revenue from illegal activities related to drugs trafficking, prostitution and cigarette smuggling.
Of course, there’s no actual reliable data to measure these illegal activities, so it’s all guesswork. But hey, whatever floats your boat—or boosts your GDP.
For example, to figure out how prostitution contributed to the country’s economy, Spain’s national statistics agency counted the number of “known prostitutes” working in the country and consulted sex clubs to calculate how much they earned.
Known prostitutes? Do they have a Facebook group?
And how about if these “known prostitutes” move around the borderless Schengen area? Their contribution to GDP is probably counted several times then.
Europe is one big corrupt, ponzi scheme…needing just about anything to show some sort of economic pulse.
So, using these scientific methods Spain’s statistics agency announced that illicit activities accounted for 0.87% of GDP.
(Perhaps this is one of the reasons why a whopping 547,890 people left Spain last year, most of them to Latin America, according to the national statistics agency.)
This compares similarly to the UK where Britons, according to its own statistics agency, spent 12.3 billion pounds on drugs and prostitutes in 2013, or 0.79% of GDP.
That’s more than they spent on beer and wine, which only amounted to 11 billion pounds.
And you probably thought Britons were heavy drinkers. Turns out they enjoy hookers and blow even more.
On the more uptight and conservative spectrum of Europeans, Slovenian households spent 200 million euros last year on prostitutes and drugs, or 0.33% of Slovenia’s GDP.
Curiously enough, Slovenia’s Finance Minister just announced today that the country’s budget deficit will be 200 million euros higher than previously thought. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Ant don’t think even for a second that the economic engine that is Germany is above the fray when it comes to hookers and blow…
On the more libertine extreme, in Germany estimates suggest that prostitution and drugs amounted to as much as $91 billion in 2013—or an incredible 2.5% of the total economy.
This is the sign of the times. Governments are so desperate to maintain the illusion of growth that they’re turning to desperate, comical measures.
Across the entire continent, Eurostat estimates that gross EU GDP is larger by 2.4% if all illegal activities (not just prostitution and drugs) are accounted for.
Funny thing, they also report that total real GDP growth in 2013 (the year they started counting illegal activities) was just 0.1%.
In other words, illegal activities are now the difference between economic growth and economic recession in Europe.
Europe does love its brothels, red light districts, city tours, coke, heroin, X and anything else the neo-liberal Brussels elite can inject into their austerity beaten men who, with no hope or future, have resulted to quick dopamine fixes.
And now that Ukraine is entering the EU sphere of influence, and the hammer of crushing IMF reforms, a new, and hot, supply of escorts will be flooding the European market this winter.
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