Speaking of corruption, Transparency International has released its Corruption Perceptions Index 2015. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Eastern Europe and Central Asia fared pretty poorly.
Anne Koch, TI’s Director for Europe and Central Asia, had this to say about the region:
“While a handful of countries in Europe and Central Asia have improved, the general picture across this vast region is one of stagnation. Also very worrying is the marked deterioration in countries like Hungary, FYR of Macedonia, Spain and Turkey where we’re seeing corruption grow, while civil society space and democracy shrink. Corruption won’t be tackled until laws and regulations are put into action and civil society and the media are genuinely free.”
Here’s the full map: