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In December 2022, offices at the European parliament were raided and lawmakers and their relatives were arrested. They were accused of being part of a corruption ring that was taking bribes from Qatar. Never before had there been anything like this at the parliament. But within four months, all the suspects were released, and the case is still pending. Why were members of parliament accused of taking bribes from Qatar? Is the European parliament rotten? Valentina Pop and a team of FT correspondents set out to investigate.
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In December 2022, offices at the European parliament were raided and lawmakers and their relatives were arrested. They were accused of being part of a corruption ring that was taking bribes from Qatar. Never before had there been anything like this at the parliament. But within four months, all the suspects were released, and the case is still pending. Why were members of parliament accused of taking bribes from Qatar? Is the European parliament rotten? Valentina Pop and a team of FT correspondents set out to investigate.
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    The Retreat, Ep. 5: The Insiders

    The Retreat, Ep. 5: The Insiders

    Since the podcast published earlier this year, Madison’s inbox has been filled with emails. Some were from former volunteers at the Goenka network who wished to speak out. In this bonus episode of The Retreat, they pull back the curtain on why they believe some people are not being supported when they come on retreats and find themselves psychologically unraveling.
    Translations of Sayagyi U Ba Khin’s discourses from Daniel M Stuart and Swe Swe Mon can be found in the paper: Local Cure, Global Chant: Perfomring Theravedic Awakening in the Footsteps of Ledi Sayadaw. 
    For support or more information about adverse meditation experiences, take a look at the Cheetah House website.
    If you are in need of urgent mental health support, please contact your local emergency services or reach out to a mental health helpline, such as the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline in the US, or Samaritans in the UK.
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    Power for Sale, Ep. 4: Business as Usual

    Power for Sale, Ep. 4: Business as Usual

    With elections just weeks away, and news of more foreign interference scandals in the European parliament, the reporting team gives an accounting of where the investigation and the suspects are to date.
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    Power for Sale, Ep. 3: Belgiangate

    Power for Sale, Ep. 3: Belgiangate

    It seemed like the Belgians had everything they needed to bring a case against the people involved with Qatargate, but the investigation hit a wall. Valentina and the reporting team speak to the prosecution side to find out why.
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    Power for Sale, Ep. 2: Ocean’s Eleven

    Power for Sale, Ep. 2: Ocean’s Eleven

    Through wiretap transcripts and surveillance footage, captured by Belgian intelligence, Valentina and the investigative reporting team learn just who is involved with this scandal and how it all worked.
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 28 min
    Power for Sale, Ep. 1: 'Bags full of money'

    Power for Sale, Ep. 1: 'Bags full of money'

    Valentina learns of raids and arrests at the European parliament and a scandal unfolds. They talk to the face of the scandal, Eva Kaili, and hear about the day of the raids through her eyes.
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 29 min
    Introducing Untold: Power for Sale

    Introducing Untold: Power for Sale

    Introducing Power for Sale, a new season of Untold from the Financial Times. In Untold: Power for Sale, host Valentina Pop and a team of FT correspondents from all over Europe investigate what happened in the Qatargate scandal, where EU lawmakers were accused of accepting payments from Qatar to whitewash its image.
    Untold: Power for Sale airs May 29. Follow wherever you listen.

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