Amid Qatar scandal, European Parliament pledges reform
19 December 2022 | 10:20 am
The parliament's president says it will bring in a series of reforms aiming to win back trust after a corruption scandal hit one of its senior lawmakers. Arrested MEP Eva Kaili may lose her immunity from prosecution.
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