Corruption in Europe — For oil and gas from Azerbaijan | DW Documentary

Corruption in Europe — For oil and gas from Azerbaijan | DW Documentary

Corruption in Europe — For oil and gas from Azerbaijan | DW Documentary

The EU imports gas and oil from authoritarian Azerbaijan. Now the European bloc is looking to the South Caucasus republic for other valuable raw materials for its Green Deal. To quash dissent, Azerbaijan is accused of bribing EU politicians.

This documentary follows German parliamentarian Frank Schwabe from the center-left Social Democratic Party. Schwabe is also a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and an advocate of democracy and human rights in Azerbaijan. In his work, he uncovered a system that rewarded some European politicians for looking the other way when elections in Azerbaijan were rigged and keeping quiet when opposition members were persecuted.
The film also traces the fate of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. She revealed links between businesspeople in Malta, members of the European Parliament, and Azerbaijan — and paid for it with her life.
The documentary shows that this network of favors and corruption has also been used to justify war — and, ultimately, the expulsion of ethnic Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh in September 2023. Now there are plans to extract metals like copper, cobalt, and lithium from this resource-rich region. Europe needs such commodities for its transition to green energy and European mining companies are also actively involved. The price is human rights violations and rampant environmental destruction — all in the name of the European Green Deal.

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