4 Gambling Hotspots in Europe to Check Out!

Gambling in Europe is tougher than it looks. Not every country treats gambling the same. So if you’re going to plan a gambler’s vacation, you need to know exactly where to go, what to do, and how to get the most out of the experience. After all, it’s your hard earned money being translated into the host currency and put on the table. So without further delay, check out the list of gambling hotspots in Europe.

1. France

Did you know that there are nearly 400 casinos in the entire country of France? The casinos aren’t as large, but they are elegant. You will find plenty of Roulette played, since this is the country that created the game in the first place.

Palais de la Mediterranee Casino
If you want a historic property, you need to check out the Palais de la Mediterranee Casino. It’s not only historic, but it’s truly a luxurious place to stay and gamble. You’ll have baccarat, blackjack, poker, and plenty of slot machines if you’re a fan.

2. Germany

Baden-Baden Casino
People don’t really think of Germany when it comes to gambling, but they really should! There’s the Baden-Baden Casino that was established over 200 years ago. It’s set up like a beautiful French palace, with tons of neat architectural styling to be found. The elite of Europe’s past used to meet there and network over the topics of the time period, but now everyone can come and check out the property. There are even guided tours available if you’re not interested in gambling.

3. Monaco

The Bond movies made Monaco casinos famous across the world, but travelers have known about Monaco’s luxurious gambling scene for a while. You will be in high luxury places no matter where you go, and you’ll need to make sure that you dress for the occasion. Being sharply dressed is the order of the day in most of the casinos in the country. Go to Monte Carlo’s Casino de Monte Carlo if you want the full experience.

Casino de Monte Carlo
You have multiple types of roulette, Punto Banco, craps, blackjack, slots, and more. There are additional entrance fees for the private rooms as well as other parts of the casino. You also cannot wear shorts or flip flops and jackets are required in the private rooms.

The food at the Casino de Monte Carlo is world class, and you will enjoy the established spirits menu.

4. Italy

Head over to the city of Venice for a gambling experience you’ll never forget. There are only a handful of casinos, but it’s worth checking out anyway. You should check out Ca’Vendramin and Ca’Noghera, twin casinos that offer over 60,000 square feet of entertainment. Multiple variations of poker and blackjack are available, if you’re not big on slots. But when youíre tired of gambling, you can take advantage of good food and live shows.

No matter which country you pick, you’re bound to have a great time. Book early to save money and let your imagination run wild. Don’t worry, they can handle it!

EU loses 200 billion euros per year because of tax fraud

EUROPEAN UNION loses about 200 billion euros in tax revenues annually due to fraud and error, according to the European Commission.

“The amount of value added tax (VAT) that is lost is unacceptable, especially since the impact of that money would strengthen public finances,” said EU Commissioner for Tax Policy Algirdas Šemeta.

According to research by the European Commission, which includes 26 of the current 28 EU member states, 193 billion euros was not accounted for by tax authorities back in the 2011.

european union

Losses were greatest in the largest and richest economies: 36.1 billion in Italy, 32 billion in France and 27 billion in Germany.

However, as a percentage of gross domestic income, the difference between the expected VAT and actual collected VAT was greatest in poor countries in Eastern Europe. This amount was eight percent in Romania and 4.5 percent in Greece. By comparison, the rate in Germany was about one percent of GDP (gross domestic product).

Burdened with debt problems, governments are turning to raising VAT as a way to increase public revenues. EU bureaucracy itself is partly financed by the VAT collected at the national level, so that lost revenue in the member states mean less money for Brussels.

The Commission report states that the biggest reason for loss is tax fraud, which accounted for about two-thirds of the lost revenue. Late payment, bankruptcy and administrative errors also play a significant role, as well as economic conditions, since there is a link between rising unemployment and widening gap between expected and actual revenue from VAT.

Should Greece skip EU presidency?

From January 1th 2014, next six-month presidency of the European Union should be in the hands of Greece. Those who don´t agree with that decision are two German MPs who said to the Bild that they believe that Greece should skip the EU presidency, which cost 100 million euros.

Christian-Democrat Klaus-Peter Willsch believes that Greece would need a further loan to cover those costs because the country is in a serious condition. According to EUobserver, the Liberal Frank Schaeffler thinks that Greece should  give up the presidency voluntarily.

Britain’s faction could break up EU?

The UK hostile approach to EU might eventually break up the European Union. At least plans for a referendum in 2017 are indicating so.

“The eurozone is integrating more deeply and more rapidly out of necessity. The UK has chosen to remain outside the euro with a clear opt out. The UK’s support for deeper integration of the eurozone is welcome but doing so from outside means that the eurozone cannot and will not be shaped according to British interest.”

Police has been shut down “European Spring” in Brussels

As you can see from the picture, many citizens are protesting against European union austerity policies.

Austerity continues to harm and many people feel that their rights are being more and more smashed. That’s the main reason why those “protests” come along.

However, the Brussels police have been taken action and over 30 people are already arbitrarily arrested. This number might also increase in near future.

According to one of the arrestees, police did not have any evidence and they simply picked people from the ground and arrested them. “That’s awful” he said.

Is 1st of April a free day or not?

Many European countries have a free day today (Easter). However, not all.

1st of April is free: Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, France, UK, Germany, Russia, Finland and Sweden

1st of April is not free: Moldova, Monaco, Malta, Estonia, Belarus, Portugal, San-Marino, Turkey

As you might know, international bank transfers can delay as well. Easter-Monday is the first Monday after Easters.

Estonians are still thinking about it…

Keskerakond decided to continue discussing about the law which might change the Monday to holiday in Estonia as well.