Greece climbs in­ter­na­tional cor­rup­tion in­dex af­ter drop

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Greece’s per­for­mance in Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional’s Cor­rup­tion Per­cep­tions In­dex wors­ened last year with the coun­try ris­ing to 69th place out of 167 coun­tries, com­pared to 58th the year be­fore.

The an­nual in­dex, whose find­ings were made pub­lic this week, ranks coun­tries from 0 to 100 (where 0 is highly cor­rupt and 100 very trans­par­ent). The least cor­rupt coun­try in the sur­vey was Den­mark, with 90 points, and the most cor­rupt So­ma­lia, with just 10 points.

The vice pres­i­dent of TI’s Greek of­fice, An­ge­los Syri­gos, called on po­lit­i­cal par­ties to of­fer spe­cific ideas such as boost­ing trans­parency in ap­point­ment of top judges.

“It is a ma­jor chal­lenge for our coun­try to do what is nec­es­sary to im­prove our stand­ing,” he said. One prob­lem Syri­gos high­lighted is the re­turn of “petty cor­rup­tion,” not­ing that Greeks have again started giv­ing un­der-the-ta­ble pay­ments to cut through red tape, a prac­tice that had ebbed at the peak of the cri­sis.

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