Greece 'most corrupt' EU country, new survey reveals

Firebomb at anti-austerity riot in Greece Economic and social turmoil in Greece has contributed to an increased perception of corruption

Greece is perceived to have the most corrupt public sector of all 27 EU countries, a new global survey reveals.

Worldwide, Denmark, Finland and New Zealand were seen as the least corrupt nations, while Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia were perceived to be the most corrupt.

Transparency International's 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index gathered views on 176 countries worldwide.

Two-thirds scored below 50, with zero highly corrupt and 100 very clean.

The UK ranked 17th in the world, with a score of 74.

Greece's global ranking fell from 80th in 2011 to 94th in 2012, reflecting the country's continuing economic turmoil and widespread tax evasion.

Italy was ranked 72nd, below EU-newcomer Romania at 66 in the index.

"Governments need to integrate anti-corruption actions into all public decision-making", said Huguette Labelle, chair of Transparency International (TI), a body set up in 1993 to expose and tackle countrywide corruption.

"Priorities include better rules on lobbying and political financing, making public spending and contracting more transparent and making public bodies more accountable to people."

TI believes there are strong correlations between poverty, conflict and perceived levels of corruption.


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    Comment number 539.

    Interesting comments - I wonder how many of your correspondents have actually experienced life in two very different countries. I am British but live in Greece. Corruption, tax evasion and disregard of the law is rife here. Something I never saw living in the UK

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    Comment number 538.

    Interesting, but stereotyped. Blagovest94 is only one of hundreds who could tell of daily life in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine for Whatever's sake and......Russia. And it's only the laziness and cowardice of BBC "journalists" that keeps the lid on rampant nepotism and fraud in local councils all over the UK. Yet again, not "news" but "olds" pandering to what Auntie thinks we want to hear.

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    Comment number 537.

    536 Gold as currency is joke by accountants, who are the problem with money and its value. Accounting is what Gold currency is about, structured society. It has nothing to do with economics, individual freedom and choice. Gold coin is perverted logic of those who love to hoard, the squirrels of our world.

    DE and USA are sticking it to Switzerland on avidance, Basel is hitting back.

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    Comment number 536.

    520 Bastiat - The gold ecenomies of the last 2000 years were the problem and not the cause. Those dreaming of return to the authoritarian gold standards are anachronistic power freaks who adore being ordered about and have no interest or belief in freedom.

    Gold as currency ever was and is a joke of the nut jobs. It can be argued Basel lll's revaluing of Tier 1 capital attacks global finance.

  • rate this

    Comment number 535.

    Well, due to the Greeks 'misdemeanours' they've finally come top at something - being the worst!
    Celebratory retsina whilst we continue to bail them out any one?

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    Comment number 534.

    @533. Marlais
    If UKIP were to win, I hope you have a good job or lots of money!

    UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said Mr Osborne was "not cutting far enough or fast enough".

  • rate this

    Comment number 533.

    Absolutely. The unfortunate thing is that our main political parties are so in thrall to the whole shambolic mess, that we are stuck with it unless miraculously UKIP wins the next election.

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    Comment number 532.

    The EU parliament must be one of the most corrupt organizations anywhere. An African colleague once said that the only difference in corruption between Africa and the west is that in Africa people die because of it, the west is rich enough that this doesn't happen but the corruption is still there.

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    Comment number 531.

    Here's a system of Government that's incorruptible:

    Laissez-faire: Where the Government ensures transactions between private parties are free from tariffs, government subsidies, and enforced monopolies, with only enough government regulations and powers sufficient to protect individual and property rights against theft, fraud and aggression.

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    Comment number 530.

    I think the UK is more corrupt, just look at the amount of money that goes to Tory party donors. Then there are these work programmes- usually set up by friends of politicians, they get very few people into work, and get people to sit there reading last weeks newspapers, at a weekly cost greater than a degree at Oxford- siphoning cash for themselves.

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    Comment number 529.

    I know this is going to be unpopular but I have to say the following “sorry”;

    We are talking about the UK economy, and it infuriates the hell out of the Welsh and the Scottish, along with the Northern Irish when persons refer to the UK and England in the same breath, or in your case post as it reinforces that all there is, is England.

    Thank you.

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    Comment number 528.

    This is what annoys me about the BBC. The list is about the "perception£ of corruption, Greece is "perceived" as more corrupt than the UK, that doesn't mean it actually IS more corrupt. The headline is deliberately misleading.

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    Comment number 527.

    Here we go again. Britain along with Spain, France, Germany,Holland had colonial ambitions. Britain certainly did some nasty things to achieve that.

    But it also did a great deal of good. Don't judge the past by today's morality.

    Also let us know your nationality so we can take your opinions in context.

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    Comment number 526.

    What, have the tories yanked us out of Europe then?

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    Comment number 525.

    Firstly, theft is theft where ever you live, and recognised as such (which is essentially what corruption is ie personal enrichment at the expense of the public purse. Secondly, the UK press are good at exposing wrong doing & there is effective enforcement.
    Lastly, there's need to be established independent, anti corruption agencies in many parts of the world to address these problems.

  • Comment number 524.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 523.

    Corruption is endemic to all human systems and society, responsibility is an actual corruption if you wish to consider it such. Greece is not corrupt but it practices corruption and nations lending Greece money are equally corrupt and manipulating.

    If the European Commission or France, ltaly, UK, were sanctioned as has been Greece, it would cause a war. Corruption and hypocrisy are bedfellows.

  • Comment number 522.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 521.

    WHO Finances the conductors this useless Perceptions 'survey'?
    German, USA, Swiss & just northern/western Banks, Governments, Oil companies, Financial institutions & Various Corporations/Lobbies etc (so the 'cleanest' of all)

    For some reason, BBC are not, yet, in there ...

    Cheers :-)

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    Comment number 520.

    @515. paps
    "Germany to say enough?! Enough to what exactly? Germany borrows money atm with 0% interest compared to Greece or Portugal"
    Germany says enough to bankrolling most of the EU's debt binge. It presents a unique opportunity for Germany to single-handedly seize the day & provide the world with sound (real) money, not fiat (paper) currency:


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