By Michael Northcott Wednesday, 05 December 2012

Greece becomes 'most corrupt' country in the EU

Since the eurozone crisis hit, Greece has a fallen to the bottom of a list of EU countries, measured by how 'clean' everyone thinks governments are.

In a survey by Transparency International (TI), Greece dropped from 80th in the world last year to 94th this year in a ranking of how ‘clean’ governments are around the world. 

This puts it in last place if you only look at the 27 EU countries, and also on a par with Colombia and Mongolia, with a score of 36. In the measure, 100 is completely corrupt, and 0 is ‘clean’. 

By way of comparison, the UK came 17th on the global list, with a score of 74. That makes us reasonably clean, but obviously that’s still not top marks. 

The TI’s chair, Huguette Labelle, said: ‘Governments need to integrate anti-corruption actions into all public decision-making. Priorities include better rules on lobbying and political financing, making public spending and contracting more transparent and making public bodies more accountable to the people.’

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