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'Qatargate' exposes EU transparency failures

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Significance

The high-profile figures arrested include European Parliament (EP) Vice-President Eva Kaili and former MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri. In nature and scale, ‘Qatargate’ is the largest ever corruption scandal to hit EU institutions.

Impacts

  • If the EU's relations with Qatar, the world’s top liquefied natural gas producer, are damaged, its energy security could be at risk.
  • Allegations about the roles of Morocco and Qatar will increase scrutiny of EU ties with countries other than Russia.
  • The scandal will raise questions about EP power and accountability.

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