The headquarters of the European People’s Party in the community capital, in the neighborhood that houses the European institutions, It has been registered this Tuesday for a possible case of corruption, in a joint device of the Belgian and German police.
The main suspect is the CDU lawyer Mario Voigt, the digital manager of the campaign for the European elections of the German MEP Manfred Weber. After knowing these facts, the European People’s Party has issued a statement confirming this police operation, related to a contract for a company in the German state of Thuringia. The formation ensures that it will not make new statements while the investigation is underway. Voigt is the current leader of the CDU in this federal state and his immunity was withdrawn due to an investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office, although it is still unknown if we are talking about related cases.
According to the Euractiv portal, the police of these two countries have seized computer material that is now being analyzed. Although there is still a lot of information to be known, this case puts one of the best-known politicians in the European chamber on the target. Manfred Weber holds the double position of group leader of the popular Europeans in the European Parliament and general secretary of the party. Furthermore, the German delegation is the most powerful in the European Parliament both by number of representatives and by political influence.
In 2019, this Bavarian politician participated in the European elections as head of the list for the European People’s Party, within the process known as spiztenkandidaten, by which the representative of the force with the most votes automatically became a candidate to preside over the Commission European. Despite this, the Heads of State and Government of the Twenty-seven decided not to designate Weber as successor to Jean Claude Juncker, although instead they opted for ursula von de leyen, also German and of the European People’s Party. The purpose of the spiztenkandidaten process was to promote an electoral campaign for the European Parliament that would promote real debate on European issues, in line with those held in national elections.