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The Great EU Cabbage Myth

Are there really 26,911 words of EU regulation on the sale of cabbage? Tim Harford investigates.

Could there really be 26,911 words of European Union regulation dedicated to the sale of cabbage? This figure is often used by those arguing there is too much bureaucracy in the EU. But we trace its origins back to 1940s America. It wasn’t true then, and it isn’t true today. So how did this cabbage myth grow and spread? And what is the real number of words relating to the sale of cabbages in the EU? Tim Harford presents.

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Mon 4 Apr 2016 14:50GMT

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