new searches have been carried out in the European Parliament to prevent “data necessary for the investigation from disappearing”

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Belgian police today conducted a search of the European Parliament buildings in Brussels as part of an investigation into suspected corruption to influence decisions of this EU institution, the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office reports. Follow us live.

#EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT “European democracy under attack”, said the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola. The latter announced “an internal investigation”.

Six departments in the middle east of France are on orange alert for snow and ice.

‘Whether it is December 15 or January 10, it will be no to 64 years and not to 65 years’assured Franceinfo Yvan Ricordeau, national secretary of the CFDT, while Emmanuel Macron announced the postponement until January 10 of the presentation of the pension reform.

6:01 PM : This is the twentieth house search in four days in this investigation involving Qatar, according to a judicial source. The Greek deputy speaker of the parliament Eva Kaili and three other people were detained on Sunday by the Brussels judge who is leading the investigations.

5:48 pm : Belgian police today conducted a search of the European Parliament buildings in Brussels as part of an investigation into suspected corruption to influence decisions of this EU institution, the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office reports.

5:37 pm : The President of the European Parliament has finished her speech and gives the floor to the chairmen of the political groups. As you can see, his tone is serious. The Maltese announced a “internal research” to understand what happened.

5:34 PM : “To the harmful actors that exist in third countries (…) you will find this Parliament in your way. We are Europeans, we would rather be cold than bought”.

5:30 PM : “I have announced a special conference of the Council of Presidents to initiate a procedure related to Article 21”, explains Roberta Metsola. This procedure makes it possible to end the title of Vice President of Eva Kaili. “There will be no impunity”adds the President of the Parliament. “We are launching an internal investigation”she explains, promising a reform of how lobbies can act and “more transparency”.

5:13 pm : “Our services have been working with the judicial and judicial authorities for some time to dismantle this network. (…) I have removed the person concerned from his position.”

5:13 pm : “This is one of the longest days of my career (…) Make no mistake, the European Parliament is under attack, European democracy is under attack”explains President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola after the charge against Greek Vice-President of the European Parliament Eva Kaili for “corruption”. The Head of Parliament is currently speaking to MEPs gathered in Strasbourg at the opening of the institution’s plenary session.

3:31 pm : This #Qatargate within the EP is extremely serious. A commission of inquiry is needed. And even more so the political boycott of the World Cup. I solemnly ask President @EmmanuelMacron to cancel his trip to Qatar! https://t.co/e6LM8vL5rS

3:31 pm : Former presidential candidate and environmental MEP, Yannick Jadot, asks Emmanuel Macron on Twitter to cancel his trip to Qatar for the France-Morocco semi-final, following the revelations about the European Parliament.

3:21 pm : “I’m beside myself because when you do your job as a European parliamentarian correctly and see attitudes like this that discredit our entire institution, it really pisses me off!”

David Cormand, EELV MEP, says on franceinfo “both very angry and saddened by the disgrace heaped on the European institution” while suspicions of corruption contaminate the European Parliament.

2:57 pm : The case shakes the European atmosphere. Greek Vice President of the European Parliament Eva Kaili has been charged “corruption”. The socialist MEP was imprisoned as part of a Belgian judicial investigation into large payments Qatar allegedly made to influence decisions within the European institution. In addition to Eva Kaili, three other people were detained yesterday, according to a judicial source at Franceinfo. Here’s what we know about their profile.

(ERIC VIDAL / EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT / AFP)

2:03 pm : It’s 2pm, time to take stock of the news:

‘Whether it is December 15 or January 10, it will be no to 64 years and not to 65 years’assured Franceinfo Yvan Ricordeau, national secretary of the CFDT, while Emmanuel Macron announced the postponement until January 10 of the presentation of the pension reform.

There are suspicions of corruption within the European Parliament “very serious”said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Follow us live.

• A virtual G7 summit will be held this afternoon, devoted in particular to the Russian invasion. Follow us live.

• The thermometer does not seem to be rising quickly. This afternoon the temperature barely rises above 0°C. Six departments have been placed in extremely cold yellow vigilance by Météo France.

13h23 : Hello and thank you ! Qatar responded to AFP on Saturday. “Any accusation of misconduct by the State of Qatar is gross disinformation”said a Qatari government official.

13h23 : Hello Margaux, have you seen a response from Qatar about corruption in Brussels? Thank you for your excellent work

13h03 : “These allegations are extremely concerning. It is a matter of trust in the people who are central to our institutions. This trust requires high standards of independence and integrity.”clarified Ursula von der Leyen, recalling having proposed the creation of“an independent authority” on ethical issues in EU institutions.

13h02 : There are suspicions of corruption within the European Parliament “very serious”says Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.

11:08 am : Eva Kaili, 44, first made her name as a news presenter for Greek television before entering politics. Find his portrait drawn by France 2.

11:04 am : The measure, which also applies to relatives of the chosen ones dismissed from the Greek socialist party Pasok-Kinal as a result of this case, concerns “bank accounts, vaults, businesses and other financial assets”said President Haralambos Vourliotis.

11:04 am : New sanction against the Greek Vice-President of the European Parliament. The Greek anti-money laundering authority announces that it is freezing all of Eva Kaili’s assets.

10:34 am : The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, judge “very worrying” them “serious allegations” against the Greek Vice-President of the European Parliament, Eva Kaili. “An investigation is ongoing and we are following up”he said on his arrival for a meeting of the European Union’s foreign ministers

10:23 am : The vice-president of the National Rally, Sébastien Chenu, announces on France 2 the opening of a commission of inquiry into foreign interference in France. An announcement that follows the indictment and detention for “corruption” of the Greek Vice-President of the European Parliament.

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