European Union leaders resigned over corruption cases

European Union leaders resigned over corruption cases
European Union leaders resigned over corruption cases

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz accepted, several heads of government implicated in corruption or abuse of power had to resign in the past 10 years within the European Union, AFP reported.

– Estonia: Corruption investigation –

On January 13, 2021, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas resigned after an investigation targeted his “Center Party” for corruption related to a real estate company.

– Malta: Interferes with murder investigation –

On December 1, 2019, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced his resignation, under pressure from daily demonstrations, after he was accused of interfering and protecting his aides in the investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017.

Galicia was exposing corruption at the highest levels of the archipelago’s political and economic elite.

Muscat’s office manager and childhood friend, Keith Schembri, was subsequently accused of corruption.

– Slovakia: Journalist assassinated –

At the end of February 2018, the murders of anti-corruption journalist Jan Kociak and his fiancée plunged Slovakia into a crisis that led in mid-March to the resignation of Prime Minister Robert Fico and then, a month later, the Minister of the Interior and the Chief of Police.

The journalist was investigating, in particular, a corruption case involving the Italian mafia and Slovak politicians, some of whom were in the vicinity of the prime minister.

– Romania: the weight of corruption –

In October 2015, a nightclub fire in Bucharest that killed sixty people sparked a wave of protests against a corrupt political class and led to the resignation of Prime Minister Victor Ponta (Social Democratic Party) in November.

Several investigations targeted Ponta, but he was partially acquitted in 2017 in one of the cases, and then he was acquitted in 2018 in a trial for fraud and money laundering.

– Czech Republic: abuse of power –

In June 2013, centre-right Prime Minister Peter Nikas resigned after a corruption and abuse of power scandal that affected his closest aide, also his lover. The Public Prosecution has abandoned taking legal action against him.

His lover-turned-wife was given a suspended prison sentence for illegally using military intelligence to spy on the prime minister’s wife in order to speed up their divorce.

– Germany: 700 euros –

Germany has been vigilant in this respect since the CDU “black boxes” scandal in 1999 that cost former Chancellor Helmut Kohl (1982-1998) a heavy fine.

In 2012, President Christian Wolff was forced to resign on charges of abuse of power by accepting a €700 gift from a film producer and pressuring the press to withhold information about his financial ties to a contractor. He was acquitted two years later.

 
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