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The EU’s outrageous “Qatargate” controversy is detrimental to democracy.

Details of the case are as byzantine as they are tawdry, and underscore an urgent need to overhaul corruption laws. The E.U. is one of the few bulwarks of democracy in a time of geopolitical upheaval. Anything that weakens the bloc’s credibility undermines the appeal of the democratic values it upholds. Greece has asked their counterparts in Panama to investigate whether Qatari officials might have transferred money into accounts owned by Ms. Kaili and her family. Viktor Orban, Hungary’s right-wing prime minister, seized on the scandal to cry hypocrisy on the part of Brussels.