“In your country, how do you rate the ethical standards of politicians?” This simple question was recently the subject of a “World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness” survey. It has spurred many answers about how much the public trusts politicians. The interesting result is the significant number of citizens of rich countries who don’t really trust their governments.
Many MPs in Turkey are known for engaging in quarrels inside the parliament and for being corrupted. A scandal in 2013 is still rumbling on, after police raided several homes of the ruling elite and found millions of dollars in cash, allegedly used for bribery.
South Koreans do not have much trust in the government due to corruption scandals. When the former Prime Minister Lee Wan-Koo resigned, he was indicted two months later on corruption charges.
A quarter of citizens in Poland think that corruption affects their daily lives. The government has done a lot over recent years to try and stamp out corruption. Through a combination of law enforcement action and political will, it has become a better place to do business.
In the past year, thousands of people across 50 cities in Hungary marched in protest against the government. After the EU suspended payments, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling party lost a lot of trust in Hungary over suspected corruption in awarding contracts.
Bribery is still seen as rife within the government in Slovakia. The British government even warns potential investors of the country that “corruption in Slovakia exists especially in public procurement, healthcare, education and law enforcement.”
The country is still struggling with its transition from Communism that ended 20 years ago. A decline in the management of public spending, as well as perceived corruption, still damages labor and monetary freedom.
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