|Posted by moodhacker on January 25, 2017 at 10:05 AM|
The annual index, whose findings were made public this week, ranks countries from 0 to 100 (where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 very transparent), and Greece gets 44, risisng this year as more corrupted than Turkey and Italy .
The least corrupt country in the survey was Denmark, with 90 points, and the most corrupt Somalia, with just 10 points.
The vice president of TI’s Greek office, Angelos Syrigos, called on political parties to offer specific ideas such as boosting transparency in appointment of top judges.
“It is a major challenge for our country to do what is necessary to improve our standing,” he said.
One problem Syrigos highlighted is the return of “petty corruption,” noting that Greeks have again started giving under-the-table payments to cut through red tape, a practice that had ebbed at the peak of the crisis.
This year’s results highlight the connection between corruption and inequality, which feed off each other to create a vicious circle between corruption, unequal distribution of power in society, and unequal distribution of wealth.
In too many countries, people are deprived of their most basic needs and go to bed hungry every night because of corruption, while the powerful and corrupt enjoy lavish lifestyles with impunity.”
– José Ugaz, Chair of Transparency International
The interplay of corruption and inequality also feeds populism. When traditional politicians fail to tackle corruption, people grow cynical. Increasingly, people are turning to populist leaders who promise to break the cycle of corruption and privilege. Yet this is likely to exacerbate – rather than resolve – the tensions that fed the populist surge in the first place, transparency. international wrote