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    Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 and the European Financial Crisis

    Anne Koch, Director of the Europe and Central Asia department at Transparency International, discusses the range of scores registered in a region confronted by economic crisis.

    Europe’s rankings in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 are as diverse as the region itself. Clearly the perceived level of corruption in Greece (94th, the lowest EU state) is entirely different from that of Denmark and Finland, tied with New Zealand in first place. However, the old adage that corruption only occurs in the countries of the South, rings rather hollow. Read more.

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    Corruption: An ongoing revolution in the Arab world

    Arwa Hassan, Regional Outreach Manager in the Middle East and North Africa department at Transparency International, casts an eye over developments in the Middle East and North Africa.

    Almost two years after the Arab Spring, integrating anti-corruption work into all aspects of governmental institutions and society remains a challenge in the region. Read more.

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    The Americas: Economies grow, democracies shrink. What does corruption have to do with it?

    Alejandro Salas, Director of the Americas Department at Transparency International, looks at the CPI 2012 results and corruption-related challenges or the Americas.

    While 2012 was a positive year for the Americas in many ways, in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 results Latin America as a region is doing worse than the global average. Read more.

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    Finland's hidden corruption

    Erkki Laukkanen, Chair of Transparency International Finland, discusses his country's 'structural corruption' problem.

    Three recent cases of alleged corruption in Finland that have challenged the consensus on our country’s low corruption rates. This has shaken citizens’ understanding on what is acceptable and what is not, and contributed to our understanding of what might be called “structural corruption,” the non-transparent ways of doing business in Finland or put more directly, cronyism. Read more.

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    Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 will demand a new tack in Afghanistan

    Srirak Plipat, Director of the Asia Pacific Department at Transparency International, examines the implications of corruption for one of the lowest scoring countries in our index.

    Sufficient evidence suggests that corruption in Afghanistan is getting rampant. According to President Karzai himself, the phenomenon is now at a level “never before seen”. What does being one of the bottom countries on the index mean for Afghanistan? Read more.

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    Corruption Perceptions Index 2012: Life at the top

    Helen Turek, Project Officer for EU Projects at Transparency International, looks at the shortcomings of the top scorers in this year's index.

    The Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 once again ranks the Nordic countries among the “most clean” when it comes to public sector corruption. However, no country, not even Denmark, Sweden, Finland or Norway, can be considered perfect. Read more

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    What the Corruption Perceptions Index means in different languages

    Thomas Coombes, Senior Communications Officer at Transparency International, discusses the implications of different words for corruption.

    Behind the Corruption Perceptions Index scores are many different kinds of public sector corruption, all with their own impact on daily life. Our evidence is language. Every language has its own particular expression for abuse of power. Here are a few. Read more

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    Corruption Perceptions Index 2012: What is public sector corruption?

    Rosie Slater, Communications Officer at Transparency International, explores different forms of public sector corruption.

    The Corruption Perceptions Index highlights corruption in the public sector. But what exactly does this mean? This post defines and de-mystifies some of the words and phrases most often associated with this kind of corruption. Read more

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