Re: So, a Chinaman moaning about corruption in China
It's still the same mess. The Flemish part still makes the money, and the French part is still perfectly happy to drop the government if it doesn't get to spend, sorry, waste it.
Microsoft naturally spotted the wide open door there and has effectively bought itself into government functions which are far too big for MS code to handle, but as senior execitives insists on it being used it has become a daily struggle in some places (for instance, anyone who has ever tried to work with CVS imports and exports into a real database knows how much fun it is, especially if you go multilingual). Add to this blatant breaches of GDPR being circumvented by neutering the responsible compliance monitors and from a corruption point it's pretty much business as usual, just some of the players have changed.
Of course, the plebs are being monitored to ensure they don't avail themselves of the same 'opportunities'. The government used the Covid epidemic to mandate electronic payment capability in every shop but thankfully for the robber barons there are still plenty banks abroad that don't ask many questions when accepting bank note deposits, as long as they're large.
It doesn't surprise me that EU officials were caught in corruption scandals - when in Rome (well, Brussels) ..