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Rupert Murdoch (The Sunday Times) was able to bribe/buy 5% of Brussels Politicians – congratulations!

I think there should be an independent research team trying to pull this off – internationally and every year! would be great!

Double Role: Politician and Lobbyist: Female corruption?

“Viviane Reding [ehemalige EU-Kommissarin] ist Mitglied im Kuratorium der deutschen Bertelsmann-Stiftung” berichtet Transparency International.
"Agnes Jongerius im Kontrollgremium der PostNL [der niederländischen Post] und Paul Rübig erfüllt wichtige Aufgaben in der österreichischen Wirtschaftskammer" berichtet Transparency International.
“Agnes Jongerius im Kontrollgremium der PostNL [der niederländischen Post] und Paul Rübig erfüllt wichtige Aufgaben in der österreichischen Wirtschaftskammer” berichtet Transparency International.

Ein schwaches Kontrollsystem

Der “Verhaltenskodex” von 2012 wurde als Folge der Enthüllungen der Sunday Times eingeführt. Damals wurden drei Europaabgeordnete für schuldig befunden, große Summen als Gegenleistung für Änderungsanträge zu laufenden Gesetzesentwürfen angenommen zu haben.

Betrachtet man die Kulanz des Kontrollsystems der Abgeordneten scheint diese Lektion heute vergessen. Tatsächlich wurde in den letzten fünf Jahren der Kodex 24 Mal verletzt. In den meisten Fällen handelte es sich um Tätigkeiten, Geschenke und Einladungen zu Veranstaltungen, die nicht angegeben worden waren. Doch keiner dieser Verstöße wurde von den beiden Präsidenten der jeweils aktuellen Gesetzgebung (Martin Schulz und seinem Nachfolger Antonio Tajani) sanktioniert.

Die Studie fügt noch hinzu: “Das Kontrollsystem erscheint im Vergleich zu den Ethikrichtlinien in Kanada, den USA und auch in Frankreich ausgesprochen schwach”. Zum Beispiel sind in den USA bezahlte außerparlamentarische Tätigkeiten verboten, die die Gefahr eines Interessenskonflikts in sich bergen, das betrifft vor allem Banker, Berater und Anwälte.

Die Antikorruptionsorganisation empfiehlt ein völlig unabhängiges Kontrollorgan

Der Bericht der NGO empfiehlt das Kontrollsystem vor den Europawahlen 2019 zu verstärken und erinnert an das klare Verbot von Nebentätigkeiten der Abgeordneten im Bereich des Lobbyismus.

Sie rät außerdem dazu, detailliertere Interessenserklärungen einzufordern, denn oft beschränken sich die Beschreibungen der sehr hohen Einkünfte “auf Berater, Anwalt und Freiberufler”, was eine Aufdeckung von Interessenskonflikten verhindert.

Schließlich schlägt die NGO die völlige Unabhängigkeit des Kontrollorgans des Europäischen Parlaments vor. Werden diese Empfehlungen Gehör finden? Zehn Monate vor den Wahlen zum Europaparlament wird es im Interesse des Parlaments sein, darauf einzugehen, denn das Misstrauen der europäischen Bürger gegenüber den Institutionen war noch nie so groß. Außerdem gibt es den rechtspopulistischen Parteien neuen Nährboden.”

Quelle: https://info.arte.tv/de/diese-summen-verdienen-sich-einige-europaparlamentarier-hinzu

Cash for Influence UK

The 2010 cash for influence scandal was a political scandal in the United Kingdom. It was brought to public and widespread media attention by a March 2010 documentary by Dispatches in which a journalistic sting operation recorded and revealed Members of Parliament and the Lords offering to work for a fictitious political lobbying firm for fees of £3,000 to £5,000 per day.[1][2][3] (src)

The 2009 cash for influence scandal (also cash for amendments or cash for laws) was a political scandal in the United Kingdom in 2009 concerning four Labour Party Life Peers offering to help make amendments to legislation for up to £120,000 (src)

Rupert Murdoch undercover: Cash for Influence EU

In 2011, the European Commission’s Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) opened a formal investigation for corruption against four Members of European Parliament (MEPs)—

Adrian SEVERIN in Strasbourg Hemicycle

Romanian Adrian Severin, (“Adrian Severin, a Romanian MEP, was also accused of having taken bribes from journalists and charged with siphoning € 436,000 from the EU budget.” (src))

epa01795961 Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) Austrian Ernst Strasser attends the last plennary session during the third day of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 16 July 2009, before entering differents Committee meetings. EPA/LUCAS DOLEGA

Austrian Ernst Strasser,

(“The former Austrian MEP Ernst Strasser was convicted of attempting to change laws in the European Parliament on behalf of a business offering to pay him €100,000 a year.

Strasser, a former minister who was said to have used his role as an MEP to work secretly as a lobbyist, was exposed during an undercover investigation by (Rupert Murdoch‘s) Sunday Times three years ago.

He was jailed for three years after being found guilty of corruption by a court in Vienna. It was the second time he had been convicted of the same offence. An earlier verdict had been overturned on appeal.” (src))

Spaniard Pablo Zalba Bidegain (who was cleared of wrongdoing as he had not accepted payment),[1] and Slovenian Zoran Thaler (who writes: “the (Rupert Murdoch‘s)Sunday Times is otherwise well-known for its open anti-EU editorial policy which it likes to emphasise” (src))

after an article in The Sunday Times claimed that they had tried to influence EU legislation in exchange for money.[2]

Rupert Murdoch is 1.5 Billion USD heavy media Mogul owning: 21st Century Fox, News Corp,

FOX NEWS, The Times of London and The Wall Street Journal

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 16: Rupert Murdoch attends “The Tree Of Life” premiere during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

“I once asked Rupert Murdoch why he was so opposed to the European Union. ‘That’s easy,’ he replied. ‘When I go into Downing Street they do what I say; when I go to Brussels they take no notice.'” (src)

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Source of Wealthnewspapers, TV network, Self Made
ResidenceNew York, New York
CitizenshipUnited States
Marital StatusMarried
Children6
EducationBachelor of Arts/Science, Oxford University; Master of Arts, Oxford University
Did you know
Murdoch bought The New York Post, his first major U.S. purchase, in 1976; he still owns the tabloid.

“In March 2011, The Sunday Times implicated Mr. Thaler among other MEPs in a ‘cash-for-laws’ scandal.

Rupert Murdoch‘s Sunday Times also provided edited video of Mr. Thaler discussing adding amendments to EU laws with undercover journalists.[5]

On 21 March he resigned as MEP. European Anti-fraud Office – OLAF investigated the case. In January 2012 OLAF concluded the investigation with the decision that there was “no infringement” on Thaler’s side.[6] (src)

“The Sunday Times journalists went undercover and approached 60 MEPs, posing as lobbyists and requesting votes to table or support certain amendments in exchange for money.

They were able to buy 3 MEPs out of 60 for 100.000€ per year, in percentage this is 5%

Indictments

Strasser[3] and Thaler[4] resigned in March 2011; Strasser was sentenced to four years in jail on 14 January 2013.[5] OLAF dismissed the case against Thaler, claiming that it had been unable to find “evidence to support suspicion of wrongdoing” (though it did blame the European Parliament for “refus[ing] to provide the necessary support during the investigation”).[6] However, in January 2014 Slovenia‘s own judicial system found Thaler guilty and sentenced him to two and a half years in prison.[7]

“Claiming innocence, Adrian Severin has refused to step down and continues to work as an MEP, even after he was expelled by the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) group of the European Parliament.[8] He was indicted by Romania‘s anti-corruption agency in September 2013 and in February 2016, he was convicted to three and half years in prison in court, although the judgement was appealed.[9] On 16 November 2016, a final sentence was handed down and his sentence was increased to 4 years imprisonment.[10] He still has the support of the Social Democratic Party, his political party in Romania.” (src)

how much do corrupt politicians cost: 100,000 euros per year

“The European Parliament has opened an investigation after a British newspaper reported that three MEPs had accepted offers of up to 100,000 euros per year in exchange for tabling amendments to legislation being passed in the EU assembly.” (src)

Two of Wall Street’s biggest banks kicked off second-quarter results season with a boost to earnings. JP Morgan Chase said that Q2 profit rose 18% as the bank continues to benefit from a strong US economy and the new federal tax law. Citigroup said its Q2 profit rose 16%. Both banks exceeded analysts’ expectations; for Wells Fargo, it was a different story.

JP Morgan Q2 Earnings at a Glance

  • Profit: $8.3 billion, or $2.29 a share. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had expected earnings of $2.22 a share.
  • Trading revenue: $5.4 billion, a 13% increase from $4.8 billion a year earlier.
  • Costs: $15.97 billion, an increase from $14.77 billion a year earlier.
  • Return on equity: 14% in Q2 compared with 12% a year ago.

Citi’s Q2 Earnings at a Glance

  • Profit: $4.49 billion, up from $3.87 billion a year earlier. Per-share earnings were $1.63. Analysts had expected $1.56 per share.
  • Revenue: $18.47 billion, a 2% rise from a year ago. Analysts had expected $18.51 billion.

Meanwhile, Wells Fargo reported a profit of $5.19 billion, or $0.98 a share.

That was down from $5.86 billion in the year-ago quarter.

Revenue also fell, to $21.6 billion from $22.2 billion in the second quarter of 2017.

The bank in mid-April adjusted first-quarter earnings down $800 million after paying a $1 billion settlement to regulators over improper charges to mortgage and auto-loan customers.

Read more on Wells Fargo earnings.

English:

DLF24: DLF24: USA, world-wide Import ban for Iranian Oil

With an Embargo on oil, the US government wants to deprive the arch enemy of Iran’s most important source of revenue.
Sanctions: US Ambassador calls for stop of payment to Iran

Iran wants to fly out $ 300 million from Germany

US Diplomat Richard Grenell demands of the Federal government to prevent the project.

EU to extend sanctions against Russia | DW | 29.06.2018

Middle East conflict: Israel closes only goods Transfer to the Gaza strip

 

German:

DLF24: USA wollen weltweites Import-Stopp für iranisches Öl

Mit einem Embargo beim Erdöl will die US-Regierung dem Erzfeind Iran die wichtigste Einnahmequelle entziehen.

Sanktionen: US-Botschafter fordert Stopp von Auszahlung an den Iran

Der Iran will 300 Millionen US-Dollar aus Deutschland ausfliegen. US-Diplomat Richard Grenell verlangt von der Bundesregierung, das Vorhaben zu verhindern.

Sanktionen: Deutsche Firmen lieferten verbotenes Titanerz auf die Krim

EU will Sanktionen gegen Russland verlängern | DW | 29.06.2018

Nahostkonflikt: Israel schließt einzigen Warenübergang zum Gazastreifen

Deutsche Forfait: Wenn Sanktionen die Freiheit kosten

Der Chef der Deutschen Forfait sitzt im Iran in Haft. Sein Fehler: Die USA hatten den Exportfinanzierer unter Druck gesetzt – er kooperierte, um im Geschäft zu bleiben.