This video is brought to you by Hello, today I am at a “wine fest” hosted by the EU Representation of the German state of Hessen. One of my most important campaign promises was to take up a challenge at the beginning of my mandate: For how long can I manage to stuff my face for free? Game on. Behind me is the European Parliament. And we are here in the “Lobby District.” Right here is the Hessian representation and on this street that you can see over there, is the representation of basically all German federal states. Can I have an autograph? Of course! Thank you. Basically, every lobby reception follows the same script: First there is alcohol, then there is a speech, which is now taking place downstairs, but I am sparing myself the torture, and then, as a reward, there is a buffet. We are at one of the most important booze events for European parliamentarians from Germany. Maybe we can take a look around. We have here one alcohol stand after the other. A drug that in accepted in Germany and in Europe. Cheers. In Eltville, I have also made an appearance, in a psychiatric ward. We were just in Hessen, now we are in North-Rhine-Westfalia. Before at a wine fest, here now at the autumn festival of the German Trade Association. The cool thing is that there are even gift bags. Awesome. [He is already drunk.] So. Let’s first take a look at what we have here. Mediamarkt has brought something to the table. REWE is also here. Edeka. What is this even? Let’s take a quick look at what Edeka has given out. White plastic. Cool. Thanks Edeka. Edeka took an artistic approach. I think its maybe a scarf. Or a towel to wipe sweat. It is for your laundry. It’s a laundry bag. It is maybe a fly screen. Quick update. I was just informed, in order to “rescue the honor of trade” as a representative of the trade association put it, Edeka is giving out these plastic bags so that people use less plastic when buying fruit. Cool concept. Fight plastic with plastic. Edeka, REWE, Mediamarkt, and then Kaufland is here as well. With an “exquisite mixture.” And Lidl is also going all out. With fair-trade chocolate. So, with regards to the goodie bag, a resounding five out of five. I’m really excited. This will last me the next half-day. The concept here is: first, a champagne reception. Then you have to sit through an hour-and-a-half of speeches and discussion. And then there’s a very small amount of food. But five stands where some kind of trade brands present themselves. First this new technology. Germany is keeping up with the times. We need now to introduce a new category: Ease of access to food. Here there are people who come around with food. They are always running away from me. So ease of access to food: 1 out of 5. The state representation, a public body, makes its space available so that the poor private economy has the opportunity to present itself. Just this week, or this evening, the trade association. And last week for instance RWE. The organizers must have received the assignment: Find for the smallest portions possible. And this is the result. I’m hungry. Now just to show you how physically close things are, here is, next to the European Parliament, the representation of the state of Bavaria. Commonly referred to as “Neuwahnstein.” Today Siemens is hosting an event, in order to “unleash the full potential of digital health in Europe.” Coming together today is the best of Bavaria: namely Siemens and an independent host from Bavarian Radio. They wanted to trick us, but that is not Bavarian. It looks pretty healthy. And there’s more healthiness here. Maybe this all has something to do with “health”. The discussion is taking longer than expected. I made something. Everyone is still in there. I have found my first conversation partner of the day. So every German state has its own representation. And Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria have each in their basements a special place to get drunk. And, have you been here for a while? So far we can conclude that from Monday through Thursday it is really very easy to feed yourself. But on the weekend, the program thins out. And that’s why I’m taking some to go. We are now witnessing an emergency situation. The woman inside went twenty minutes past her speaking time. And now everyone is running to the alcohol. They all ran for nothing. There is no alcohol to be had during this break. That is of course a tough pill to swallow. The Bavarians have a security problem. Here we see how the coat check is being watched over. As always I am skipping the meaningful part of the program. I was able to stuff myself silly during the snack break. That’s why I am giving it a full five out of five. Drinks were a total disappointment, being that there wasn’t any alcohol. Which is not what I expected from Bavaria. Just like in prison: water and bread. Today we’re once again messin’ with Hessen. That means we are back at the Hessian representation. Today the guests are German environmental NGOs. The first speech was just as exciting as the way it is presented here. That was the first speech that I listened to at all. And now I am first in line for the buffet. Let’s do this. We’re here at a lobby event for environmental protection organizations. This is actually the only out of dozens of lobby events that is at all held by NGOs. Almost everything else is hosted by companies or associations of companies. And they are really taking sustainability seriously. For example, they are refilling our glasses. They aren’t just giving us new glasses, but reusing the ones we have. So the entertainment factor wasn’t so high. I would say two out of five. But on the other hand, the flee-factor, by which I mean my escape reflex, was relatively low. I would also say two out of five. Normally I want to leave immediately. So I am already full, but I received a call saying there is still spaetzle here in Baden-Württemberg. So that was a short visit. I wanted to eat spaetzle, but there wasn’t any spaetzle left. On top of that we weren’t allowed to film. And I am fed up with the whole thing. That’s why we’re just going to end this here. The experiment was to find out whether you could feed yourself for free in Brussels. Yes, you can. But is it really free? As is elsewhere in life, the rule applies that nothing is truly free. Like how with Facebook you ultimately pay with your personal data, so it is with lobby events. You pay with boredom and pain and bad conversation. You’re in a room with people you don’t want to spend any time with. It’s just not worth it to me. For now on, I will instead pay money to feed myself. I earn enough of it as a member of the European Parliament. How much I earn – that’s the topic of the next video. When you are interested in future videos then subscribe. 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