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Corruption across EU 'breathtaking' - EU Commission

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This is something which needs to be overcome in order for the EU to regain some credibility in the world and amongst EU citizens.

 

Corruption is a cancer in society and needs to be cut out. At the same time the UK is not in a position to preach when you consider the expenses scandal our own MP's were up to and no doubt there have been some brown envelopes exchanging hands enabling some developers to gain planning permission for building houses on flood plains - something which is now coming to kick us in the teeth.

 

Quite rightly the national governments have a responsibility to combat this but it should be overseen centrally by the EU with a carrot and stick approach to encourage them to take it seriously.

 

It is noticeable from the map that it appears to be the southern states where this problem is larger with Sweden being held up as an example in combatting this.

 

The downside of it is that all the citizens are having to pay just so a few greedy people can get more than what they deserve and it ain't on.

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I agree Mike. With nearly 6,000 miscreant bankers already sacked - and still yet to be indicted - we are hardly on any moral high ground?

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Nicolas Sarkozy has been charged with corruption in a probe linked to allegations that the French ex-president received up to €50 million in illegal campaign financing from the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

 

This thread still exists so this can go here,it was on the news but last on the item this morning.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/10939820/Nicolas-Sarkozy-charged-with-corruption.html

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And anyway, what's the definition of corruption - on the one hand we have politicians accepting money to vote in a particular way, on the other we have lobbying groups paid huge amounts of money by vested interests to influence politicians to vote in a particular way. To my mind in both cases this is simply money buying influence, so where's the difference ??? (apart from of course one is 'legal' the other isn't...............)

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Same old EU and same old EU supporters. Yes the UK has its corruption and scandal issues but they are nothing in comparison to the EU gravy train.

The sooner that organisation is banished to history the better and may be we can just have a free trade zone of independent countries.

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The one thing I have learnt over my nearly 50yrs on this is, that corruption is a way of life to the shakers and movers in life. Our government is like all others 'bent as a nine bob note' I think the expression is? In some professions such as property development its standard practice.
 
We have a 2 tier society, and its easy to work out which side you are from your understanding of the word 'backhander'
 
Corruption rules, it literally does!

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Same old EU and same old EU supporters. Yes the UK has its corruption and scandal issues but they are nothing in comparison to the EU gravy train.The sooner that organisation is banished to history the better and may be we can just have a free trade zone of independent countries.

Did you even read either of the articles posted? While corruption may exist in EU institutions, they were talking about corruption existing in the EU's national governments (such as the Westminster government and its expense scandals) rather than the EU itself. It was simply the EU commission that wrote the report.

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It's quite simple really - 'Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts completely - whether it be Brussels, Strasbourg or Westminster there are always going to be some who will take advantage of their position and use it to feather their own nests and worse in the case of Cyril Smith. Perhaps all the politicians should be watched more carefully but then who is going to watch the watchers?

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Agreed Mike. 

 

I'm far more concerned by the 'disappearing dossier', on child abuse with Westminster: where's it gone and why? There's ample corruption in good old Blighty to keep us busy for years?

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Agreed Mike.  I'm far more concerned by the 'disappearing dossier', on child abuse with Westminster: where's it gone and why? There's ample corruption in good old Blighty to keep us busy for years?

I smell a rat!

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Agreed Mike.  I'm far more concerned by the 'disappearing dossier', on child abuse with Westminster: where's it gone and why? There's ample corruption in good old Blighty to keep us busy for years?

Came across this.http://tompride.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/google-searches-for-leon-brittan-and-pie-censored-after-cease-and-desist-notice/

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This is something which needs to be overcome in order for the EU to regain some credibility in the world and amongst EU citizens. Corruption is a cancer in society and needs to be cut out. At the same time the UK is not in a position to preach when you consider the expenses scandal our own MP's were up to and no doubt there have been some brown envelopes exchanging hands enabling some developers to gain planning permission for building houses on flood plains - something which is now coming to kick us in the teeth.

Its everywhere.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2709040/Embarrassment-Queen-Buckingham-Palace-official-awarded-Member-Royal-Victorian-Order-100-000-bribes-charge.htmlDozens of BBC staff allowed to keep their job despite being disciplined for offences like fraud, theft and misusing resourceshttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2709290/Dozens-BBC-staff-allowed-job-despite-disciplined-offences-like-fraud-theft-misusing-resources.htmlMPs spend £160,000 of taxpayers' cash on 1,500 new TVs in a single year.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2709230/Are-watching-TV-MPs-spend-160-000-taxpayers-cash-1-500-new-tellys-single-year.htmlThat's all out in one day.

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