Greece takes bottom EU spot in global corruption index

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pbgd wrote:

Greece was always corrupt. A retired customs inspector related to the “Financial Post” how he got a lifetime position in the Greek Civil Service: “I simply bribed another civil servant with a can of olive oil and some fresh fish.” He still enjoys a state pension for life.

Dec 05, 2012 6:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

If the US was part of the EU, it would be at the very bottom in the corruption index and Greece would not be the worst. Let’s get real.

Dec 05, 2012 7:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

If the US was part of the EU, it would be at the very bottom in the corruption index and Greece would not be the worst. Let’s get real.

Dec 05, 2012 7:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
wilhelm wrote:

the TI ‘index’ is meaningless. what are ‘perceptions of graft’ or, for that matter, ‘actual levels’ given that the criminality involved requires political action by the same governments in which the ‘graft’ takes place. one is measuring a ruler using itself.

ask the mayor of Chicago if he is corrupt. the answer is predictable, but not necessarily accurate.

Dec 05, 2012 8:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
Willvp wrote:

So, everybody knows that Greece is corrupt.

Except the EU, as they keep feeding this corrupt nation.

Dec 05, 2012 8:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
VonHell wrote:

Corruption is avaliated as public perception…
That is why rich countries usually have low levels of perceived corruption…
When things go blue and green… people tend to tolerate more… they simply dont care…
And they often associate corruption with some cheap money laundering scheme or bribery ring…
Take US for example… bribery became “lobby” and and is a gray sort of thing… not clean, but not seen as a crime… not like in Brazil for example, where politicians still carry the money in their undies and socks…

But corruption is something more about values than just about money…
When you see the fiscal cliff for example… isnt it a scheme that the only solution politicians presented to the public as “avoid the cliff” is a model of unsustainable high debt, completely unbalanced public finances and high deficit… with the rich getting away with less taxes… corporations running free… non logic expendings and plus a toxic assets buying program… all in the name of growth… when all of this obviously does not point to a happy end to the general public and only benefits the rich?…

is that not the definition of corruption?… it is not a cheap play… it is a more sophisticated play… a better deception… but as things get harder and the latent image of the time of plenty vanishes… people eventualy will call these politicians “incompetent” and “corrupted”… like the greeks do with their incompetent and corrupted politicians…

Because corruption is a matter of public perception… that they have been deceived…

Dec 05, 2012 12:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
EthicsIntl wrote:

Let’s face it folks, the whole world is corrupt.
What is the big deal with corruption in Greece when we have all of the world’s leading banks & financial institution constantly being indicted on corruption charges, and then walking away with a slap on their wrist.

When the the old poor man walking around in broad daylight holding a lit lantern was asked why, ‘I’m looking for just one honest man’ he replied. That was in Athens, more than 2,000 years ago.

Dec 05, 2012 1:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
texaspete88 wrote:

The U.S. is by far the most corrupt entity in the world. Who cares about Greece? No one.
How about a story on how the U.S. Congress and Obama once again stated in the NDAA 2013 that the arrest, indefinite detainment and extradition to foreign jurisdictions of American citizens is acceptable by law. All without due process.
Where’s that article Reuters?
Our entire Federal Government is full of traitors. But I guess that’s not newsworthy.

Dec 05, 2012 1:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
randburg100 wrote:

Did the survey take into account the bunch of crooks & thieves RUNNING the 4th Reich? Compared to them – Greece is positively angelic!!!

Dec 05, 2012 2:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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