I don’t mean Visa as a payment method. What I mean is a little sticky piece of paper pasted on your passport when you travel abroad and your country of destination requires it. It does have a supreme power that can change a man’s life forever, especially for those who come from the “developing world” and need to present in the “developed world”. Sadly, it usually changes lives for worse.
States are like people. At least, sometimes they do have the same survival instincts, especially when it comes to money. I mean, what would you do if you’re short on money but still craving a refreshing beer? You desperately rake up your pockets. And if you still can’t find any, then you go rake the neighbour’s. At least, that’s what I would do.
Let’s leave the metaphor there. It seems like today, due to economic hard times, states are struggling to afford that goddamned beer. Leading the European Council to gather in Brussels two days ago, with the firm intention to scrape some money together. Here to understand: tackling once for all tax evasion, and putting an end to the reign of tax havens and bank secrecies. (As I said, if you can’t find coins in your own pockets, go for the neighbours’).