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EU assembly lifts immunity of 2 lawmakers linked to scandal

Feb. 02, 2023 05:47 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s parliament on Thursday removed the protective immunity of two lawmakers linked to one of the bloc’s biggest-ever corruption scandals, paving the way for them to be questioned by Belgian investigators. In a show of hands, the assembly voted...

EU watchdog seeks powers, funds for lawmaker probe body

Jan. 30, 2023 05:49 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Parliament body supervising anti-lobbying and lawmakers' conduct rules must be given the power and money to launch independent investigations into abuses in the wake of a major corruption scandal, the European Ombudsman’s office warned Monday. European...

EU corruption case suspect takes aim at detention conditions

Jan. 19, 2023 12:15 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Lawyers for a former European Parliament vice president at the heart of the corruption scandal rocking the European Union's assembly complained Thursday about her detention conditions and sought her release. Greek European lawmaker Eva Kaili was removed as vice...

EU assembly wants Iran's Revolutionary Guard on terror list

Jan. 19, 2023 11:44 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament on Thursday called for Iran's Revolutionary Guard to be put on the European Union's terrorist list and insisted that sanctions targeting Tehran had to be expanded after the violent suppression of protests. In a nonbinding resolution, the...

Key EU corruption suspect makes deal to earn leniency

Jan. 17, 2023 13:29 PM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The alleged ringleader of a European Union cash-for-influence corruption scandal linked to Qatar and Morocco has decided to reveal information about the affair in exchange for a lighter sentence, Belgian prosecutors said Tuesday. Pier Antonio Panzeri, who...

Scandal-hit EU political group starts damage limitation work

Jan. 16, 2023 02:53 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The major center-left political group embroiled in a corruption scandal at the European Parliament will seek this week to insulate itself from more fallout in the cash-for-influence affair linked to Qatar and Morocco as Belgian justice authorities target its members. ...

Top EU lawmakers greenlight anti-corruption reform plans

Jan. 12, 2023 12:02 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Senior European Union lawmakers agreed Thursday to press ahead with a major overhaul of the rules governing access to the European Parliament and the way it deals with lobbyists in response to a massive corruption scandal, the assembly’s president said. Parliament...

Scandal-hit EU assembly set to move on anti-corruption plan

Jan. 11, 2023 11:14 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Spurred into action by a major corruption scandal, the European Parliament president wants to prevent former lawmakers from lobbying on behalf of businesses or governments soon after they leave office and to make public the names of current members who break assembly rules, a...

Greece: Somali man beats life sentence for migrant smuggling

Jan. 09, 2023 13:01 PM EST

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — An appeals court in Greece has ordered the release of a Somali migrant who had been sentenced to life in prison for people smuggling, in a case that has drawn international attention to draconian border protection laws in the European Union country. Mohammad Hanad Abdi was...

EU Parliament starts process to lift 2 lawmakers' immunity

Jan. 02, 2023 12:31 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The president of the European Parliament has launched an urgent procedure to waive the immunity of two lawmakers following a request from Belgian judicial authorities investigating a major corruption scandal rocking EU politics. The European Parliament said Monday...