They’ve been pushing that lie unchallenged for weeks now. I’d say the €14bn comes from adding up the cumulative cuts of the last 2 years, current and capital. So say year 1 was €2bn current and €5bn capital, so after 2 years that’s €14bn. The lie is when they compare it with the €15bn to come. The €15bn is an annual cut, not a cumulative cut. So year 1 is to be €6bn, lets say year 2 was €5bn & years 3 & 4 €2bn. That’s €15bn off the annual cost of running the country but a cumulative cut of €45bn (€6bn + €11bn + €13bn + €15bn).
Those numbers are, as the French say, “Un grand sac de Merde”.
It’s just a way of trying to spin a forthcoming budget with cuts of 15 billion as no big deal, because after all we aren’t that much worse off that a year or two ago ?
As you say we’ve actually only seen something like a tenth of that in real cuts.
The other interesting snippet was where he said something like, “the budget would bring taxes back to 2006 levels”, if I remember correctly.
At time I immediately though; Is he saying that they are looking to gather the same amount of taxes as 2006, while conveniently ignoring the fact that there are +250,000 less tax payers & incomes from other sources have been decimated.