Public corruption is always a scourge on society, but when austerity programs like those in the European Union inflict painful cuts on essential services, mismanagement and outright theft of taxpayer money becomes even more striking. While all countries suffer from corruption to some extent, some nations seem more accepting of cronyism, nepotism and other illegal practices than other states. Despite this European Commission paper’s dense bureaucratic style, getAbstract considers it a solid report on the costs, perception and reality of corruption within the EU.
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