Greece Seen as Second-Most Corrupt Nation in the EU

Greece is second from the bottom among EU countries in this year’s Corruption Perceptions Index, which was released by the organization “Transparency International” on Tuesday.

At the very bottom of the EU nations studied, Bulgaria scored 42, which is one point less than last year’s number. Greece was only one position ahead of Bulgaria, scoring 45 points, which represents a three-point drop from its 2017 calculation.

Hungary was just above Greece, garnering 46 points, which represents a decrease of eight points over the last five years.

Worldwide, Greece is ranked 67th in perception of corruption. This year’s study places it together with Senegal and Montenegro, which both dropped eight places compared to 2017.

The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is “highly corrupt” and 100 is considered “very honest”.

More than two-thirds of the countries studied received marks below 50 on this year’s CPI, scoring an average of just 43 points.

The top countries on the honesty index are Denmark and New Zealand, which earned scores of 88 and 87 respectively. The countries in the world with the most dishonest governments according to the study are Somalia, Syria and South Sudan. Somalia earned a score of 10 and the latter two nations came in tied at thirteen.

According to Transparency International, this year’s Corruption Perceptions Index reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis of democracy around the world.