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Simple Rules and Transparency Key to Reducing Corruption, Says Mungiu-Pippidi

October 31, 2017

Low levels of regulation, minimal government intervention, and transparency are essential to reducing corruption, but can only be effective in a society where an independent media and judiciary can empower active citizenship, said Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, who chairs the European Research Centre for Anticorruption and State-Building (ERCAS) at Hertie School of Governance.​ Mungiu-Pippidi delivered her lecture […]

Rome’s Trevi fountain turns red after activist uses dye to protest ‘corruption’

October 27, 2017

An Italian activist has poured red dye into the Trevi Fountain 10 years after he pulled the same stunt. Graziano Cecchini insisted that the dye wouldn’t harm the fountain and was intended as a protest against Rome’s corruption and filth. According to witnesses, Cecchini managed to climb onto the side of the fountain and pour […]

European Public Prosecutor’s Office: a breakthrough in the fight against corruption

October 12, 2017

Today, the decision by 20 EU Member States to create a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) is a breakthrough in the EU’s efforts to fight corruption, according to Transparency International EU, the anti-corruption NGO. The EPPO, which will be an independent EU body based in Luxembourg, will have the authority to investigate and prosecute fraud, corruption and […]

Brazil’s top court approves new graft probe of President Temer

September 13, 2017

A Brazilian Supreme Court judge on Tuesday authorized an investigation of President Michel Temer for suspected corruption involving a decree regulating ports, adding to graft allegations the president has so far parried with backing from Congress. The new investigation is based on a wiretapped conversation of a former Temer aide, Rodrigo Rocha Loures, who, according […]

Israel: Six New Arrests in Israel’s “Submarine Affair” Corruption Probe

September 5, 2017

Israeli police arrested six government and military officials on Sunday in connection with alleged corruption in a US$2 billion deal to buy submarines and naval vessels from a German company. Investigators believe that bribes were paid in order to ensure that the Israeli government’s purchases of submarines and naval vessels from ThyssenKrupp went through despite […]

Spain: PM appears in parliament over corruption scandals

August 30, 2017

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy defended his record in government Wednesday as he appeared before lawmakers to answer questions about alleged corruption scandals linked to his ruling Popular Party. Rajoy said he had already dealt with this subject many times in parliament and saw no reason why he should have to do so again. He […]

Crisis flares in Guatemala over corruption and organised crime

August 29, 2017

Guatemala has fallen into deep political crisis after the president declared the United Nations-backed anti-corruption chief investigating him and his party persona non grata, only to have the expulsion order blocked hours later by the country’s constitutional court. Jimmy Morales, a former comedian who was elected president two years ago after the previous government was […]

Samsung heir found guilty of corruption and sentenced to five years in prison

August 25, 2017

Samsung heir found guilty of corruption and sentenced to five years in prison. A bribery and cronyism scandal that has already toppled a South Korean president has claimed a major business scalp after a court sentenced Lee Jae-yong, the acting chairman of Samsung, to five years in prison after finding him guilty of offering bribes and other […]

Venezuela’s former chief prosecutor accused of corruption

August 18, 2017

Venezuela’s new chief prosecutor, President Nicolas Maduro’s former human rights ombudsman Tarek Saab, has outlined corruption accusations against his predecessor Luisa Ortega Diaz her husband. The pair and other members of Ortega’s former staff of lawyers are accused of running a so-called “extortion gang” and funnelling funds to an offshore bank account in the Bahamas. […]

Israel detains billionaire in major corruption probe

August 15, 2017

Police have taken Beny Steinmetz, one of Israel’s richest men, into custody in connection to an international money laundering scheme. Authorities also captured an adviser to the Austrian premier. Israeli police on Monday detained five suspects as part of a wide-ranging money laundering investigation that targeted a renowned billionaire and high-profile political adviser. Police said […]

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