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Sarkozy back on trial for illegal campaign funding

The trial of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who is accused of illegally financing his failed 2012 re-election campaign, resumes after being adjourned on the opening day in March after a lawyer fell sick with Covid-19, Reuters reports. Earlier this year, Sarkozy was convicted of corruption in a separate case. Prosecutors allege that Sarkozy's conservative party splurged nearly double the €22.5 million permitted under electoral law on lavish campaign rallies.

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The military-industrial complex cashing-in on the Ukraine war

From the outset, arms manufacturers eyed this war as a profitable business opportunity. Structural changes took place across the EU, not only to fast-track arms to Ukraine, but also to make more public finance available to the highly-lucrative arms industry.

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Borrell gets pension from MEP fund set for taxpayer bailout

Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign policy chief, is currently drawing a pension from a European Parliament fund that is some €400m in debt and may require a taxpayer bailout at a time of rising inflation and high energy costs.

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Autocrats make us all less secure

How should democratic states co-operate with authoritarian governments in the future? My organisation, Democracy Reporting International, has studied the security strategies of 13 democratic governments to understand how they see this relationship.

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