Qatar corruption scandal rocks EU – POLITICO


Eva Kaili, vice-president of the European Parliament, is the biggest name to be indicted in a snowball investigation into allegations that World Cup host Qatar paid for influence in Europe.

The scandal is turning into a major test of accountability for the European Parliament, and in particular for lawmakers in the Socialists and Democrats group. Much attention is focused on MEPs and other officials who praised Qatar for its labor reforms rather than condemning workers’ rights in the Gulf emirate and unsafe conditions during the construction of the stadium.

A series of at least 16 searches by the Belgian federal police have uncovered five people who they believe have committed “suspected offenses of criminal organization, corruption and money laundering”. The searches yielded €600,000 in cash, plus phones and computers.

Qatar denies any involvement.

Here are the latest developments from Monday:



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