Another day, another liberal progressive busted for breaking laws. Sadly, news like this is becoming all too common here at home and around the globe.
The socialist vice president of the European Union has been arrested and stands accused of working as an agent for Qatar in helping to shape EU policy in such a way as to benefit the Arab nation. Isn’t it funny how power seems to bring out the capitalism in Marxists? Eva Kaili, 44, a member of the European Parliament since 2014, is a Greek socialist serving as vice president of the European Union’s parliament. She was arrested in Belgium along with four Italians and charged with taking bribes.
Kaili was subsequently suspended by her Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group as well as her party back home, the by her Greek socialist party, Pasok-Movement for Change. Luca Visentini, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, former socialist MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri, and Kaili’s so-called “life partner,” Francesco Giorgi, were three of the four that were arrested along with Kaili.
Politico obtained a copy of the warrant that explains that Panzeri is accused of “intervening politically with members working at the European Parliament for the benefit of Qatar and Morocco.” The Belgium prosecutor says they seized €600,000 ($632,606.34) in cash during one of the raids along with computer equipment and mobile phones.
The Daily Mail says that the raids were part of a larger investigation into money laundering, criminal organization, and corruption. Qatar is believed to be trying to influence the European Parliament in order to get an advantage economically by “paying large sums of money or offering large gifts to third parties with a significant political and/or strategic position within the European Parliament.”
Kaili claimed that Qatar, a country with a history of human rights violations, was a “frontrunner in labor rights,” despite claims that thousands of migrant workers may have died building stadiums for the World Cup. Late last month, the Qatari government acknowledged that at least 400 workers had perished during construction. Newsweek suggested that nearly 6,500 workers may have died since construction began when FIFA’s Executive Committee tapped Qatar as the host 10 years ago.
The Greek socialist also said the Qataris “are a new generation of intelligence, high-educated people. … They helped us. And they are peace negotiators. They are good neighbours and partners.”
Kaili added, “Still, some here are calling to discriminate them. … They bully them, and they accuse everyone that talks to them or engages of corruption.”
The Greek socialist said in a video posted to Twitter by the Qatar News Agency, “I believe the World Cup for Arabs has been a great tool for… political transformation and reforms,” reported the Daily Mail.
It would appear, cash is universally understood.
"I alone said that Qatar is a frontrunner in labour rights, abolishing kafala and reducing minimum wage."
Eva Kaili, Vice-President of the European Parliament in a plenary speech. She's been questioned in a corruption investigation by Belgian authorities.
It's appalling. pic.twitter.com/P8zzsEpEXD
— Daniel Freund (@daniel_freund) December 9, 2022
Gee, who would have guessed that leaders of the European Union were corrupt?