The Vatican finds itself embroiled in another scandal. This time it concerns accusations by the European Union of shaky financial transactions from the powerful Vatican Bank. An Italian investigation is pending.The affair has called into question the Vatican's status as a recognized state entity.
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Italian authorities are investigating the Vatican Bank on suspicion of money laundering. We'll talk with Foreign Policy's Joshua Keating about what this and other investigations say about Vatican sovereignty.