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Head of Ryan Air delivers an in-your-face smackdown of Europe’s bureaucratic empire

Michael O'Leary, head of Ryan Air, delivers a brutal assessment of the EU at the Innovation Convention 2011

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Michael O'Leary at the Innovation Convention 2011 - Brussels
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Daniel J. Mitchell
On 24 December 2011 15:01

I’m not a big fan of the European bureaucracy. Indeed, I was semi-serious when I stated that Brussels was the “most statist place on the planet.”

Which is why I greatly enjoyed this speech by the head of Ryan Air, who ripped the bureaucrats a new you-know-what while speaking at an event sponsored by the European Union. 

All the good stuff – including a great Reagan quote – is in the first 3:35, so don’t be put off by the video’s length.

And if you want examples to help you understand why folks like Mr. O’Leary are so critical of the European Commission, just click here, here, and here.

Daniel J. Mitchell is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, the free-market, Washington D.C. think tank. His articles are cross-posted on his blog, by agreement 

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