MEP jailed: a precedent or a one-off?

Ernst Strasser's sentence highlights the EU's need for its own public prosecutor.

The sentence of four years in prison that was imposed this week by a court in Vienna on a corrupt MEP should be proclaimed the length and breadth of the European Union. There is a strong risk that the sentence might otherwise pass unnoticed in parts of the EU far from Austria, particularly since the prosecution and the trial were matters for the authorities in Vienna.

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