In this photo taken Oct. 30, 2012, a helipad stands next to the port in the fishing village of Porto Moniz, in the Portuguese island of Madeira. The helipad cost 670,000 euros and local

 

              In this photo taken Oct. 30, 2012, a helipad stands next to the port in the fishing village of Porto Moniz, in the Portuguese island of Madeira. The helipad cost 670,000 euros and local
In this photo taken Oct. 30, 2012, a helipad stands next to the port in the fishing village of Porto Moniz, in the Portuguese island of Madeira. The helipad cost 670,000 euros and locals say no helicopter has ever landed there. The EU’s aid policy for less well-off parts of the continent, meant to help bridge the wealth gap between rich areas of the bloc and poor, has done much to boost livelihoods. But the bonanza of easy money also bred political vanity projects, bridges to nowhere, lax oversight and widespread corruption, and wiser investments that might sustain long-term growth were often neglected. (AP Photo/Joana Sousa)