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    EU reels as scandal tarnishes Parliament’s credibility

    BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union’s (EU) Parliament was reeling yesterday, its credibility under threat, as a corruption and bribery scandal damaged lawmakers’ careers and as fingers pointed at Qatari officials accused of seeking to play down labour rights concerns ahead of the World Cup.

    The scandal, which started unfolding publicly last week, has scarred the reputation of the EU’s only institution comprised of officials elected directly in the 27 member countries.

    It has undermined the assembly’s claim to the moral high ground in its own investigations, such as into allegations of corruption in member country Hungary.

    “It is so profound because it jars so fundamentally with what Parliament pretends to stand for,” Ghent University Professor Hendrik Vos, an EU expert, told The Associated Press. “The Parliament pretends to stand for transparency, unable to be bribed, to defend fundamental values. And then you get something like this.”

    Referring to her barely suppressed “fury, my anger, my sorrow”, Parliament President Roberta Metsola told EU lawmakers on Monday that “European democracy is under attack”.

    While they convened in Strasbourg, France, Belgian police picked up a haul of computer data from the assembly’s other seat in Brussels.

    European Parliament President Roberta Metsola. PHOTO: AP
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