investigations into corruption, money laundering and membership in a criminal organization.
former and current members of parliament and on staff members
The Greek center-left Social Democrat Eva Kaili is one of Metsola's 14 vice presidents and, so far, the most prominent suspect in the scandal.
seized nearly 1.5 million euros in cash
received bribes from a Gulf state, likely Qatar, in exchange for favors.
climate of mistrust has spread in Brussels
Social Democrats are among the accused, but rumors are circulating about other cases in other parties in the parliament.
sensitive for the EU's executive branch
Europe needs oil and gas from the Gulf states, yet relations were already strained because of Western criticism surrounding the World Cup in Qatar.
Can a country that wants to buy influence over democratic processes be a partner for Europe?
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