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Transparency International released its latest Corruption Perception Index. It mentions “vulnerable EU institutions”, the rise of “populist leaders” and the lack of “whiste-blower protections” as critical elements in Europe.
Transparency International (TI) released its latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI). The index is based on survey data and expert assessments and ranges from 0 (very corrupt) to 100 for each country. Besides providing a global ranking, the report focuses on 6 global regions.
If compared to other parts of the world, Western Europe and the EU fare well. Country-wise, Denmark (88 points) confirms itself as “a global leader”, followed by Finland, Sweden and Switzerland. Bulgaria (42), Greece (45) and Hungary (46) close the ranks. Budapest rises particular concern (together with Malta) as it fell by 8 points over the past few years. Furthermore, TI puts Greece, Czech Republic, Austria, and Italy under the watch for the upcoming months.
Analytically, TI mentions “vulnerable EU institutions”, the rise of “populist leaders” and the lack of “whiste-blower protections” as critical elements in Europe. Key recommendations comprehend: enforcing the rule of law, establishing protections for whistle-blowers, spurring dialogues between civil-society organisations and governments, improving legislative transparency, and ensuring the freedom of the press.
The web project is engaging: powerful infographics outline the key results and an interactive heatmap provides a general overview. Moreover, CPI data can be downloaded at ease.