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Survey: Greece seen as most corrupt in EU
MSN ^ | December 5, 2012 | David Rising

Posted on 12/05/2012 3:13:36 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

BERLIN — The countries worst hit by the European financial crisis are also perceived as being among the most corrupt in Western Europe, and those perceptions appear to be getting increasingly negative, an international watchdog said in a report released Wednesday.

Transparency International's annual Corruption Perceptions Index shows Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece with the lowest scores in Western Europe.

On a scale newly introduced for this year's report, where 0 is "highly corrupt" and 100 is "very clean," Spain was ranked highest of the four in place 30 with a score of 65. Portugal followed in place 33 with a score of 63, followed by Italy in place 72 with a score of 42 and Greece in 94th place with a score of 36.

The index measures the perception of corruption in the public sector and not the financial sector, but Transparency's Europe director Anne Koch told The Associated Press the results clearly indicate that people in countries worst hit by the crisis perceive corruption to be widespread.

"It seems to me to be quite blatantly obvious that the lack of transparency in public finances in these four countries has been reflected in the figures," she said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: corruption; europe; greece

1 posted on 12/05/2012 3:13:46 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

actually it is just that they have the most EXPOSED corruption. Other countries are better at hiding it.


2 posted on 12/05/2012 3:16:30 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Greece is the ILL-ANNOY of the EU.


3 posted on 12/05/2012 3:45:30 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: longtermmemmory

Exactly true.

The EU is an industry of corruption. As are the chief countries who basically run it (well, only one country really).


4 posted on 12/05/2012 4:15:11 PM PST by Olog-hai
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