Dec. 16, 2022

Qatar denies involvement in alleged EU parliament corruption

Peninsula/Diplomacy

The story: Qatar has rejected accusations that it bribed EU officials to influence policy and bolster its reputation ahead of its hosting of the FIFA World Cup. EU Parliament Vice President Eva Kaili—the highest-ranking defendant in the investigations—has also denied all charges. Amid the controversy, the EU parliament has suspended a vote to grant Qataris visa-free entry to Europe.

The coverage: Saudi-owned Asharq Al-Awsat on Dec. 12 quoted EU Parliament President Roberta Metsola as saying that “European democracy is under attack.” Without naming any state, Metsola referred to the investigations of members of the European parliament and their associates for allegedly “taking bribes from a third country.” 

  • The previous day, the Qatari foreign ministry issued a statement saying that Doha “categorically rejects any attempts to associate it with accusations of misconduct.” The statement added...

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