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Global Europe 20-03-2020

As COVID-19 cases grew, US Senators sold off stocks and downplayed risks

After receiving classified briefings about the coronavirus, some US Senators sold off stocks and then downplayed the virus’ risk to the public. Financial reporting currently shows that five senators have sold major holdings in recent months. Public outrage is high and calls for resignations are mounting.

EU-wide rule of law mechanism discussed in Sofia

A conference in Sofia debated the European Commission's proposal for an EU-wide rule of law mechanism on Friday (6 March) and one European lawmaker said there is already a clear majority in the European Parliament to set up a new control mechanism for the rule of law.
Europe's East 27-02-2020

Zelenskiy signals government reshuffle as experts warn against reform backpedal

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signaled a potential reshuffle of his government on Wednesday (26 February) that local media said could include axing Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk in favor of businessman and veteran politician Serhiy Tihipko.

Fake NATURA 2000 report raises eyebrows in Bulgaria, and Brussels

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAN) has stated that the report the government has sent to Brussels in relation to the EU's Natura 2000 nature protection project is an “outright fake”, thus fully confirming the findings on an earlier investigative report by EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Armenia 25-02-2020

Armenia’s ousted president Sargsyan stands trial on corruption charges

Former Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan on Tuesday (25 February) goes on trial charged with corruption, nearly two years after he was ousted from power by a popular uprising following a decade in office.

At EU summit, Bulgaria’s Borissov fends off accusations of money laundering

The Spanish newspaper elPeriodico published on Friday (21 February) an investigative report stating that Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov is being investigated by the Catalan police for alleged involvement in money laundering and organised crime. Borissov has denied any wrongdoing.
Eastern Europe 11-02-2020

Georgia’s top court slaps 3-year jail term on opposition figure

Georgia’s top court on Monday (10 February) sentenced a leading opposition politician to three years and two months in jail for embezzlement, a move which he condemned as politically motivated. The Supreme Court’s ruling on Gigi Ugulava, the 44-year-old leader...
Politics 24-01-2020

Germany urged to crack down on dubious party donations

Germany has made no progress in the fight against corruption in the past year, according to Transparency International. In the German context, corruption usually takes the form of party donations. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Portuguese authorities start taking the ‘Luanda Leaks’ seriously

Portuguese authorities said on Monday (20 January) they had started looking into media leaks concerning Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos, while a small bank said it had decided to put an end to commercial relationship with entities controlled by dos Santos.
Energy 16-01-2020

Is Bulgaria’s Belene nuclear plant in line with EU competition law?

A Bulgarian lawyer has sent an eight-page letter to the European Commission pointing to various alleged violations of EU competition rules relating to the oft-delayed Belene nuclear power plant, EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.

New Malta PM reshuffles ministers, shuns controversial names

New Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela reshuffled his cabinet on Wednesday (15 January), sidelining some of the politicians who had faced fierce criticism from an anti-corruption journalist before her murder in 2017.
Elections 13-01-2020

Croatia president blames poll defeat on sexism, ‘fake news’

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović on Saturday (11 January) blamed sexism and "fake news" for her defeat in elections last week, as well as a rival who split the right-wing electorate she was counting on.

Minister arrested following investigative report by EURACTIV Bulgaria

Bulgaria's minister for environment and water resources was placed in 24-hour custody, the office of the Prosecutor General said on Thursday. The development took place after an investigative report by EURACTIV Bulgaria exposed mismanagement that left the city of Pernik without drinking water.
Elections 02-12-2019

Malta PM to resign amid journalist murder probe protests

Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, under fire over his handling of the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, said Sunday (1 December) he would step down after his replacement is chosen in January.

Police investigating murder of Malta journalist arrest local businessman

Malta police arrested one of the country’s most prominent businessmen on Wednesday (20 November) as part of an investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Europe's East 20-11-2019

Ukraine to change law on bank insolvency in bid for IMF loans

Ukraine is finalising changes to legislation on bank insolvency in consultation with the International Monetary Fund as part of efforts by Kyiv to secure a new loan programme, a senior state official told Reuters.
Europe's East 19-11-2019

Large scale corruption undermines EU’s Eastern Partnership, official says

When billions of dollars disappear from banks in Ukraine and Moldova, and justice isn't done in spite of European funds supporting judicial reforms in these countries, trust in the EU is inevitably eroded, said a high EU official.
Politics 14-11-2019

Former Italian MEP and EPP group vice-chair arrested on corruption charges

Lara Comi, once a rising political star and a former MEP for Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia,  has been put under house arrest by the Italian police on Thursday (14 November) for alleged illegal financing and corruption.
Europe's East 12-11-2019

Moldova’s government voted down, EU sees ‘worrying signals’ for the reform

Moldova’s government was brought down by a no-confidence vote on Tuesday (12 November), threatening more instability just five months after pro-Western Prime Minister Maia Sandu took office promising to fight corruption.
Politics 08-11-2019

Bulgarian dissident takes stock of 30 years of ‘criminal’ transition

Petar Boyadjiev, a Bulgarian dissident and political refugee living in France, has talked to EURACTIV Bulgaria about his “disgust” with people in power in his native country, who he says waste or misappropriate EU funds instead of using them to the benefit of society.

Bulgaria president rejects appointment of new chief prosecutor

Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev refused on Thursday (7 November) to approve the appointment of the sole candidate for the post chief prosecutor, whose nomination recently sparked a series of street protests.

Bulgaria appoints new chief prosecutor amid protests

Bulgaria appointed a new chief prosecutor on Thursday (24 October) despite months-long protests by citizens who questioned the sole nominee's professionalism, integrity and independence.
Europe's East 24-10-2019

Zelenskiy embarrassed by corruption scandal

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged on Wednesday (23 October) members of parliament's Finance Committee, including from his own party, to take a polygraph test in the wake of bribery allegations.
Europe's East 16-10-2019

Ukrainian oligarch linked to Zelenskiy suffers blow in London court

Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy hardly expected to become a protagonist in a possible impeachment of his US colleague Donald Trump. On top of that, his name has now also appeared in the press in relation to a London court case of possible financial malpractice involving billions of dollars. 

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