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These are the 18 most corrupt countries in the developed world

June 6, 2016

Every year, Transparency International, the global anticorruption coalition, releases its Corruption Perceptions Index, a survey into the countries people perceive as the most corrupt on earth. As Transparency International notes, there is no hard-and-fast way “to assess absolute levels of corruption in countries or territories on the basis of hard empirical data.” This is basically […]

Ukraine: Joint statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn on the vote on constitutional amendments related to the judiciary by the Parliament of Ukraine

June 3, 2016

European Commission Statement The adoption in the final reading of constitutional amendments related to the judiciary by the Verkhovna Rada in Ukraine is a crucial step towards strengthening the judiciary, improving its efficiency, safeguarding its independence and impartiality, and combating corruption. We look forward to the implementation of a comprehensive reform of the judiciary enabled […]

UK is most corrupt country in the world, says mafia expert Roberto Saviano

May 31, 2016

‘It’s not the bureaucracy, it’s not the police, it’s not the politics but what is corrupt is the financial capital’ Britain is the most corrupt country in the world, according to journalist Roberto Saviano, who spent more than a decade exposing the criminal dealings of the Italian Mafia. Journalist Roberto Saviano spent more than a decade […]

Cameron leads pledge to fight global “cancer” of corruption

May 13, 2016

British Prime Minister David Cameron led officials from dozens of nations in pledging Thursday to “substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all its forms” following an anti-corruption summit. “Today the world has come together… [in] the biggest demonstration of political will that we have seen for many years,” Cameron told reporters after officials from some […]

Balkan Offshore Businesses Named in Panama Database

May 11, 2016

Scores of people from the Balkans including tycoons, an ex-ambassador, politicians, a banker and some convicted fraudsters appear in a newly-released database of users of offshore tax havens. Photo: International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Scores of people and companies linked to Balkan countries appear in the searchable online database of more than 320,000 offshore companies […]

Cameron to propose global anti-corruption agency at summit

May 5, 2016

PM hopes body that would help investigators track down tax evasion will be summit’s legacy in wake of Panama Papers revelations.   Anti-corruption protests in South Africa, one of the countries invited to the summit to be hosted by David Cameron next week. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA An international anti-corruption body to help law enforcement agencies […]

Council of Europe launches new action plan to strengthen judicial independence and impartiality

April 21, 2016

Justice ministers from across Europe have given their backing to the organisation’s new 2016-2021 action plan on strengthening judicial independence and impartiality. The plan was agreed by government ministers from 47 member states, together with representatives of the judiciary, at a conference held in Sofia. Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said: “It is vital that judicial […]

New report highlights international corruption

April 20, 2016

Corruption and bribery can be problems for every economy. But where in the world are unfair business practices rampant? A new report sheds light on the state of international corruption and examines which forms it takes. Two out of five high-level managers worldwide think corruption is thriving in their home country, new figures revealed on […]

NEW REPORT: Nations in Transit 2016: Europe & Eurasia Brace for Impact

April 14, 2016

The migration crisis and wrenching economic problems are threatening both the survival of the European Union and the stability of Eurasia’s entrenched dictatorships, according to Nations in Transit 2016, the 21st edition of Freedom House’s annual report on democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Eurasia. “The EU’s fumbling response to the migration […]

Panama Papers: The Real Scandal Is What’s Legal

April 7, 2016

Mossack Fonseca kept its clients largely on the right side of the law. Indeed, that’s entirely the point.   In the past few days, hundreds (if not thousands) of media reports have linked the Panamanian wealth management firm Mossack Fonseca to a series of financial crimes. The massive “Panama Papers” leak documents the firm’s involvement […]

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