DOJ charges Guo Wengui Steve Bannon associate in $1 billion fraud

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon greets fugitive Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui before introducing him at a news conference on November 20, 2018 in New York. Don Emmert | AFP | Getty Images The controversial Chinese businessman Guo Wengui, an associate of former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon, was arrested in New York … Read more

Inside the Qatargate-hit Socialist group – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BRUSSELS — The European Parliament’s Socialists are warily eyeing their colleagues and assistants, wondering which putative ally might turn out to be a liar as new details emerge in a growing cash-for-favors scandal. Long-simmering geographic divisions within the group, Parliament’s second largest, are fueling … Read more

Ericsson to pay $206M for breaking US deal in bribery case

STOCKHOLM — Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson has agreed to plead guilty to U.S. foreign corruption violations and pay more than $206 million for breaking a deal with the Justice Department over charges of bribery and falsifying records in countries from China to Kuwait. The U.S. Justice Department said the company, based in Stockholm, violated … Read more

The strengths and weaknesses of Volodymyr Zelenskyy – POLITICO

Jamie Dettmer is opinion editor at POLITICO Europe.  In the weeks leading up to Russia’s invasion, senior Ukraine opposition politicians and former ministers were brimming with frustration. They’d been imploring President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to meet with them — something he’d not done since his landslide election nearly two years before. They’d also been urging him … Read more

You don’t scare us … anymore – POLITICO

BRUSSELS — The EU was “scared” of Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon during the European parliamentary election in 2019 — but those fears are gone ahead of the 2024 ballot, European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová said. Referring to Bannon’s attempts to form a “club” to support far-right populists such as the Netherlands’ Geert … Read more

Heads roll in Ukraine graft purge, but defense chief Reznikov rejects rumors he’s out – POLITICO

KYIV — Heads are rolling in President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s expanding purge against corruption in Ukraine, but Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov is denying rumors that he’s destined for the exit — a move that would be viewed as a considerable setback for Kyiv in the middle of its war with Russia. Two weeks ago, Ukraine was … Read more

EU leaders try to sideline Qatar scandal — while they still can – POLITICO

For once, the European Parliament won’t be the sideshow. A corruption scandal has inflamed the Parliament just as EU leaders gather on Thursday for one of their regular summits. And the explosive revelations — bags of cash, possible influence peddling involving Qatar and Morocco — have reversed the script. Normally, when EU leaders get together, the … Read more

Corruption and bribery scandal rocks European Parliament

Corruption and bribery scandal rocks European Parliament – CBS News Watch CBS News Eva Kaili, a Greek member of the European Parliament, has been charged in an alleged bribery scheme involving Qatar. She was one of four people arrested in connection with the probe and has been stripped of her role as one of the … Read more

European far-right cheers over Qatar corruption scandal – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. For years, they’ve locked horns with EU leaders who accuse them of flouting the rule of law, oppressing minorities, and maintaining unsavory ties with foreign regimes such as Vladimir Putin’s in Russia. But now, as a corruption scandal engulfs Brussels, ensnaring a senior figure … Read more

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried charged in “years-long” fraud scheme

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried charged in “years-long” fraud scheme – CBS News Watch CBS News FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried was arrested in the Bahamas and is facing U.S. charges in what a federal prosecutor calls “one of the biggest financial frauds in American history.” He was scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill. Scott MacFarlane reports. … Read more