The EU says graft on a "breathtaking" scale is undermining democracy and costing billions of euros every year.
Police suspect the Czech Republic's billionaire prime minister in-waiting illegally tapped into €2 million in EU subsidies almost 10 years ago. Now, Andrej Babis, could see his immunity lifted by parliament.
Rallies in Bucharest and other cities have taken aim at a law that will weaken efforts to root out corruption. The government says a new law will prevent the judiciary from pursuing a politically motivated agenda.
Liviu Dragnea has appeared before Romanian prosecutors amid claims he illicitly obtained EU funds. His party's attempts this year to decriminalize graft offenses led to Romania's biggest protests since the communist era.
The gesture comes as MEPs passed a resolution questioning the rule of law and press freedom in Malta. Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb in October after years of exposing political graft and corruption.
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