EU credibility is been damaged by CORRUPTION SCANDAL, says Charles Michel

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The “Qatargate” corruption scandal rocking the European Parliament is dramatic and damaging for the credibility of the European Union, European Council President Charles Michel told POLITICO in an exclusive interview. This makes it harder for Brussels to deal with multiple competing crises.

Speaking in his offices in the Europa building in Brussels, Michel said he was very concerned over the charges of criminal enterprise, money laundering and corruption brought by the Belgian police against current and former members of the European Parliament in recent days.

“We first need to learn lessons from this and come up with a package of measures to avoid such things — to prevent corruption in the future,” said Michel, a former Belgian prime minister who is now in his second term as president of the European Council, the body that convenes the leaders of the EU’s 27 member countries.

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