Greece was the European Union member state that saw the biggest decrease in annual rankings measuring perceptions of corruption across the world.
An insight into nine of the battlefields on which Victor Orban and the European Union are facing off.
An investigation into alleged corruption in the Council of Europe has revealed there is “strong suspicion” that current and former members have “engaged in activity of a corruptive nature” amid efforts by Azerbaijan to whitewash its human rights record.
Europe’s corruption watchdog is urging Romania to abandon moves that critics say will bring its judges under political control.
Hungary slipped 10 points in the last six years, which the Director of Transparency International EU said should serve as a warning to other members of the bloc.
The focus of the 2017 International Anti-Corruption Day is 'United against corruption for development, peace and security'.
Campaigners want to know why Brussels bureaucrats are refusing to release a report on fighting corruption.
EU chiefs had promised to report every
#PeoplePower made in Bucharest has somehow served as a role model. At least in Germany. The question is whether this is a sort of snowball effect throughout Europe and around.
Council of Europe is ready to provide its expertise on fight against corruption to Romania
The people were out on the streets because they felt it was a crucial moment for the country, lying at the crossroads: either corruption and oligarchs will take over the country or transparency, good governance, anticorruption and rule of law will prevail.
Denmark remains the least corrupt country in the world (tied with New Zealand) and Somalia (176) the most, and yet Romania (57), which has indicted eighteen ministers, plus two former prime ministers and a former president in the last five years alone, is still behind Namibia (53) and Malaysia (55)
By Henry Rammelt, PhD, Triangle (UMR 5206), France
That corruption pervades everyday life in Romania is a bit of a cliché, on both a domestic and
The question remains if Romania’s tough repressive strategy against corruption is sustainable against its own Parliament. MPs sometimes allow the prosecution of their colleagues, but they often withhold their permission.
Whether Romania can shine as a beacon of hope for democracy in Europe and beyond depends on how the current crisis will be resolved. The clock is ticking: the emergency ordinance’s provisions come into full effect on February 11 at midnight.
The Romanian protests anticipate thus a type of political engagement that we will likely to see future years in other places, an engagement that does not call for material gains or compensation, but for the recognition of the dignity of citizens and the rollback of measures that infringe on it
By Diana Margarit, PhD, lecturer in political science at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Romania
On Tuesday evening, 31 January 2017, the Romanian