Europeans believe their institutions are rife with corruption — national, regional, local and EU, roughly in that order. Eurobarometer reports that about eight out of ten Europeans share this perception — stable since two years ago though slightly up. The average spread across the EU is 78 percent.
Greeks were the most damning, practically unanimous in their view of their politicians (98 percent), and Bulgarians only a sliver less so (97 percent).
Swedes scored comfortably low (37 percent) and only about a fifth of Danes (22 percent) felt something is rotten in the heart of Denmark.
The public outcry over fraudulent expense claims by MPs in the UK is seen to be the cause for a nine percentage point increase in national corruption misgivings there — about three quarters of Britons (74 percent) doubt the honesty of their politicians.
Even in Finland, which has traditionally enjoyed a clean hands image, suspicion doubled. More than half of Finns (51 percent) now think corruption is a problem in their country as well.