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Il Fatto Quotidiano - Italy | 04/12/2014

Italy European champion of corruption

In Transparency International's most recent Corruption Index Italy occupies place 69 out of a total of 175 states. The country has worked its way up to the top among in Europe, Marco Travaglio comments sarcastically in the left-leaning daily Il Fatto Quotidiano: "'Italy will take the lead in Europe,' Renzi promised in July when he took over the EU Council presidency for six months. And he has kept his word. But this is not his own achievement. Others were responsible for Italy's unstoppable rise. It was a tough battle but after years of indefatigable hard work we've done it: we are the most corrupt country on the continent. Transparency International has presented us with this coveted title. Italy took place 69 again in the 2014 ranking. The country had already managed to nab this position in 2013, so it is now the tailender of the G7 countries and the EU. Bulgaria and Greece, the last rivals to dare to try and take the title away from us, now occupy the same position as we do."

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