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.
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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.”
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