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Portugal's ex-prime minister is being investigated for tax evasion and money laundering, Spain's ruling party is implicated in a slush fund scandal and Zagreb's mayor has been arrested on charges of bribery and organised crime. How much can Europe's judicial authorities accomplish?



Duma - Bulgaria | Thursday, 5. November 2015

Fighting the windmills of corruption

Ponta's resignation won't change much in Romania, the left-leaning daily Duma believes: » more


Jutarnji list - Croatia | Friday, 2. October 2015

Ex-prime minister's release amnesties HDZ

The highest court in Croatia has overturned the corruption sentence passed down on former prime minister Ivo Sanader for technical reasons. The ruling comes at just the right moment for the co-defendant opposition HDZ party, the liberal daily Jutarnji List notes: » more


Blog Adevărul - Romania | Friday, 18. September 2015

Ponta damaging Romania's reputation

Romania's public prosecutors brought charges against Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Thursday. The Social Democrat is accused of tax fraud and money laundering. Ponta has become an embarrassment to his country, NGO activist Stefan Vlaston writes on his blog with the liberal-conservative daily Adevărul: » more


Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Friday, 24. July 2015

Partial victory for Prague judiciary against corruption

In the most spectacular trial of its kind in the Czech Republic a court on Thursday sentenced former senior Social Democrat politician David Rath to eight-and-a-half years in prison for a severe case of corruption. The liberal business daily Hospodářské noviny is delighted: » more


Libération - France | Thursday, 23. July 2015

European values are foreign to Ponta

Despite facing charges of fraud and money laundering since mid-July Romania's social democratic Prime Minister Victor Ponta is refusing to step down. The Ponta case highlights that European values are still a foreign concept for Romanian politicians, political analyst Irène Costelian writes with regret in the centre-left daily Libération: » more


Evenimentul Zilei - Romania | Wednesday, 10. June 2015

Ponta staying on as PM harms Romanian economy

Despite being under investigation for tax fraud, falsification and money laundering, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta refuses to step down. He must honour his responsibilities as head of government, Ponta said on Sunday. The leader is harming more than just his country's reputation, the daily Evenimentul Zilei believes: » more


România Liberâ - Romania | Tuesday, 9. June 2015

Ponta hiding behind immunity

Prime Minister Victor Ponta is currently under investigation by the Romanian anti-corruption authority. On Tuesday the parliament in Bucharest rejected a request his immunity to be waived and he himself has described the investigations as an attempted coup. Pure propaganda, writes the conservative daily România Liberă: » more


Ziare - Romania | Wednesday, 29. April 2015

Restart for Romania after fighting corruption?

While Rumania's anti-corruption authority DNA has demonstrated that its investigations are paying off and several politicians have been brought to trial, the conservative online portal Ziare asks what comes next: » more


Gândul - Romania | Sunday, 29. March 2015

Ex-finance minister turns bribes into art

In the wake of corruption investigations against the Romanian ex-finance minister Darius Valcov the authorities have seized 101 paintings, including three works by Picasso. The investigators suspect that the social-democratic ex-minister obtained them through shady deals. Valcov certainly never stood out for his love of art, the online daily Gândul agrees: » more


Adevârul - Romania | Tuesday, 17. March 2015

No pity for Romania's corrupt politicians

After the most recent arrests of Romanian politicians on corruption charges, their supporters are trying to cast doubts on their guilt. Liviu Iolu recommends a simple remedy on his blog with the daily Adevărul: » more


Criticatac - Romania | Monday, 16. February 2015

Fight against corruption a political weapon

Elena Udrea, the former Romanian development minister and close confidante of ex-president Traian Băsescu, has been in investigative custody on several corruption charges since the end of January. The fact that only now have several charges been brought against her shows how political the fight against corruption is, the left-leaning blog criticatac comments: » more


Kapital - Bulgaria | Wednesday, 21. January 2015

Bulgarian drug boss buys his freedom

The Bulgarian drug boss Evelin Banev, who has been sentenced to 20 years in jail in Italy, has left the country. At the request of a court he was extradited to his home country and allowed to move around freely. Banev bought his way out of jail, the newspaper Kapital Daily is convinced: » more


Diário Económico - Portugal | Wednesday, 7. January 2015

Investigate mismanagement at Portugal Telecom

A raid at Portugal Telecom (PT) ordered by the Public Prosecutors' Office on suspicions of fraud caused the company's share prices to plummet on Wednesday. The liberal business paper Diário Económico calls for a speedy inquiry: » more


Gândul - Romania | Thursday, 8. January 2015

Romania's judiciary still needs monitoring

President Klaus Iohannis on Monday announced the end of EU monitoring of Romania's justice system as a goal for his term of office. This has triggered a new debate about the EU's annual progress report. The online daily Gândul also sees this as a vital step after eight years of monitoring: » more


Ziare - Romania | Monday, 5. January 2015

New card won't make Romanians any healthier

Romania will introduce a health insurance card system in February. But that won't help its ailing healthcare system because the worst problem is corruption, the news portal Ziare believes: » more


Kristeligt Dagbladet - Denmark | Monday, 8. December 2014

Corruption imposes law of the jungle

Denmark once again ranked as the least corrupt country in Transparency International's most recent Corruption Index. The Christian daily Kristeligt Dagblad points out that corruption is preventing all positive developments in other countries: » more


Novi list - Croatia | Thursday, 4. December 2014

Croatia slides further in Corruption Index

In the current Corruption Perception Index published by Transparency International on Wednesday Croatia dropped by four places to number 61 on the list. The country's citizens shouldn't act like this has nothing to do with them, the left-liberal daily Novi List writes: » more


Diário Económico - Portugal | Wednesday, 26. November 2014

Sócrates' arrest hurts rival parties too

The arrest of former Portuguese prime minister José Sócrates comes at the worst possible moment for his party, Portugal's main opposition Socialists, the liberal business daily Diário Económico comments. Nonetheless the race is not over yet for the Socialist candidate in next year's elections: » more


Expansión - Spain | Thursday, 27. November 2014

Law must crack down on corrupt politicians

Spain's Health Minister Ana Mato is suspected of having profited from the illicit funds of the so-called Gürtel network and resigned for this reason on Wednesday. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy should learn from the case which has dragged on for years and announce stringent measures at today's parliamentary debate over anti-corruption measures, the conservative business daily Expansión recommends: » more


Jutarnji list - Croatia | Thursday, 27. November 2014

Croatia finally taking war profiteers to task

Croatia's Anti-Corruption Authorities opened investigative proceedings against the owner of the country's largest meat-processing company on Wednesday. Gjuro Gavrilović is accused of having built up his business empire by embezzling funds he obtained for buying weapons during the 1990s war. A milestone in the country's history, the liberal daily Jutarnji List comments approvingly: » more


i - Portugal | Tuesday, 25. November 2014

Sócrates case a chance for a new start

Portugal's former prime minister José Sócrates has been remanded in custody since Monday on charges of corruption. His detention is aimed at preventing any interference with the ongoing investigations, the media report citing the legal authorities. This is a unique opportunity to regenerate the system and declare war on illegal enrichment, the liberal daily i writes commenting on the arrest: » more


Blog Ivo Indjev - Bulgaria | Wednesday, 26. November 2014

Bulgaria's police monitor each other

At least two patrol cars are to be present during traffic checks in Bulgaria in future and one officer is to film events to avoid cases of corruption, Interior Minister Veselin Vuchkov announced on Tuesday. Just who's protecting whom, Ivo Indjev asks in his blog: » more



El País - Spain | Tuesday, 25. November 2014

Sócrates left Portuguese in the lurch

Portugal is in shock after the arrest of ex-prime minister José Sócrates on Friday, the left-liberal daily El País observes, explaining why: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 24. November 2014

Modernisation led Portugal into corruption

Following the arrest of former prime minister of Portugal José Sócrates the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung finds it particularly unacceptable that almost all the parties were implicated in the affair: » more


Jornal de Negócios - Portugal | Monday, 24. November 2014

Away with Portugal's corrupt politicians

In Portugal José Sócrates, prime minister of the country from 2005 to 2011, was arrested on Friday evening accused of tax evasion, money laundering and corruption. The liberal daily Jornal de Negócios sees this as a legal milestone: » more


Público - Portugal | Monday, 17. November 2014

Corruption scandal could lead to Portugal's reform

Portugal's Interior Minister Miguel Macedo resigned on Sunday in connection with a corruption scandal involving the granting of visas to wealthy non-EU citizens. Prior to his resignation several ministries had been searched and eleven suspects arrested in a large-scale investigation. The liberal daily Público praises Macedo for resigning: » more


Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Tuesday, 9. September 2014

Portugal's justice is not unbiased

One of the biggest corruption trials in Portugal's history has ended after three years with a guilty verdict. The former socialist minister Armando Vara as well as two former leading entrepreneurs were given prison sentences on Friday. A glimmer of hope for egalitarian justice in Portugal? Journalist Pedro Tadeu has his doubts in the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias: » more




eldiario.es - Spain | Wednesday, 19. November 2014

Parties just playing at transparency

The major Spanish parties Partido Popular and PSOE agreed on Tuesday to publish the total cost of their MPs' travel expenses without details every three months. This is not what transparency looks like, Ignacio Escolar rails in his blog with the left-leaning online paper eldiario.es: » more


El País - Spain | Monday, 17. November 2014

Fundamental criticism of Podemos little help

Spain's new Left party Podemos elected the MEP Pablo Iglesias as its secretary general in an online vote on Saturday. In his inaugural address Iglesias criticised the current constitution without naming concrete goals of his own, the left-liberal daily El País writes in annoyance: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 29. October 2014

Spaniards remain loyal to corrupt politicians

After a series of corruption scandals dozens of politicians, government officials and entrepreneurs have been arrested this week in Spain. The Spaniards are shocked by the scandals but that won't change their behaviour at the ballot, the conservative daily Financial Times predicts: » more


La Vanguardia - Spain | Wednesday, 29. October 2014

Spain's corruption breeds populists

After the arrest of several high-ranking politicians Spanish Prime Minister and leader of the governing conservative Popular Party Mariano Rajoy apologised to the Spanish people on Tuesday for the growing number of corruption cases. But if he doesn't take action against corruption soon the parties may be swept away by populists, the conservative daily La Vanguardia warns: » more


El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Tuesday, 28. October 2014

Spain as corrupt as Italy 20 years ago

Spanish police arrested 51 suspects including mayors and senior members of the ruling conservative Popular Party and the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party in a major anti-corruption operation on Monday. The left-liberal daily El Periódico de Catalunya draws parallels with Italy, where the notorious Tangentopoli bribing scandal brought the First Italian Republic down at the start of the 1990s: » more




Blog Adevărul - Romania | Tuesday, 18. November 2014

Hope of renewal

By voting for Klaus Iohannis the Romanians hope something will finally be done about the corruption in their country, columnist Ion Ionita writes on the blog of the liberal-conservative daily Adevărul, and beseeches the new president not to fail: » more


Standart - Bulgaria | Tuesday, 18. November 2014

Iohannis gathers the right team

The main question now is whether Klaus Iohannis will be able to hold his own against Prime Minister Victor Ponta, the daily newspaper Standart comments, adding that Romania's president designate fulfils an important criterion in the fight against corruption: » more


România Liberâ - Romania | Thursday, 9. October 2014

Bucharest also turning towards Moscow

The Romanian Superior Council of Magistracy (SCM) will decide today whether to sanction the intervention by Prime Minister Victor Ponta in corruption investigations against a Romanian refinery operated by the Russian oil company Lukoil. Like other Eastern European states Romania may once more be moving closer to Russia, the daily România Liberă fears: » more


Gândul - Romania | Wednesday, 8. October 2014

Ponta interfering in fight against corruption

A refinery in the Romanian city of Ploieşti which belongs to Russian oil company Lukoil is under investigation by Romania's National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) for money laundering and tax fraud to the tune of 230 million euros. After the Russian ambassador complained about the investigation, Prime Minister Victor Ponta intervened with the public prosecutors. The online newspaper Gândul criticises this interference: » more


România Liberâ - Romania | Tuesday, 30. September 2014

Microsoft scandal allows Romanian fresh start

The Romanian National Anti-Corruption Authority DNA plans to open investigations against nine ex-ministers. According to FBI investigations into US software giant Microsoft they were bribed into signing software contracts. The conservative daily România Liberă hopes the whole affair will be thoroughly investigated: » more


Hotnews - Romania | Friday, 22. August 2014

Băsescu supports the young corrupt

The outgoing Romanian head of state Traian Băsescu is endorsing the candidacy of his long-standing confidant Elena Udrea, announced on Tuesday, for the presidential election in November. The 40-year-old was Minister for Tourism from 2008 to 2012. In supporting Udrea, Băsescu is backing a representative of the corrupt young political class, news portal Hotnews laments: » more


România Liberâ - Romania | Tuesday, 12. August 2014

Romania's strange pity with the corrupt

After the sentencing of Dan Voiculescu, 3,000 people made a show of sympathy with the media mogul in Bucharest on Sunday. Voiculescu's television station Antena 3 had called for the demonstration. This is a crazy world, the conservative daily România Liberă comments mystified: » more


Blog Adevărul - Romania | Monday, 11. August 2014

Emancipation of justice in Romania continues

Romania's most influential politician and media mogul Dan Voiculescu was sentenced to ten years in prison for money laundering on Friday. This is the harshest sentence a dignitary has ever been given in the country. Author Radu Alexandru expresses his delight at this victory for justice on the blog of the liberal-conservative daily Adevărul. "The victory doesn't consist in the harshness of the sentence, but in that the judiciary fought its battle against the oligarch Dan Voiculescu - its most bitter opponent in the past 25 years - to the end. Let us look at the long list of people who have been brought to book: » more




Forum.tm - Croatia | Tuesday, 28. October 2014

Croats lack understanding of democracy

Zagreb's mayor Milan Bandić, who was arrested ten days ago on charges of corruption, has received unexpected support on online portals and social networks. That testifies to the country's poor understanding of democracy, the liberal website forum.tm laments: » more


Jutarnji list - Croatia | Wednesday, 22. October 2014

Custody to wear down Bandić's minions

Zagreb's mayor Milan Bandić and 11 other alleged defendants were put on remand for a month on Tuesday on suspicions of corruption. The liberal daily Jutarnji List has its doubts that this old tactic for turning the defendants into witnesses will work out this time: » more


Večernji list - Croatia | Tuesday, 21. October 2014

Zagreb facing paralysis without its management

The controversial mayor of Zagreb, Milan Bandić, and 16 other top city administration officials were arrested on charges of corruption on Sunday. But without its experienced management the capital of Croatia faces collapse, the daily Večernji List fears: » more


24 Sata - Croatia | Monday, 20. October 2014

Bulls-eye against Zagreb's political mafia

Croatia's national anti-corruption authority Uskok announced that the long-time mayor of the Croatian capital Zagreb, Milan Bandić, was arrested on Sunday along with other municipal politicians on charges of corruption. At last a big fish has been caught, the tabloid 24 Sata comments jubilantly: » more




Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Wednesday, 22. October 2014

Turkish prosecution makes corruption acceptable

The Turkish prosecution made a fatal decision last Friday when it suspended the proceedings against all 53 suspects in the corruption scandal involving the governing AKP party, the liberal daily Hürriyet Daily News believes: » more


Sabah - Turkey | Tuesday, 21. October 2014

Successful coup against Gülen movement

The Turkish judiciary on Friday suspended the proceedings against all 53 suspects - including high-level members of government - arrested in December 2013 for suspected corruption. The pro-government daily Sabah welcomes the news as a successful coup against the Gülen movement: » more




El País - Spain | Tuesday, 23. September 2014

Sarkozy copying Berlusconi's tactics

French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's announced comeback reminds the left-liberal daily El País of Italian ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's opportunistic manoeuvrings: » more


Le Journal du Centre - France | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

French conservatives on the edge of the abyss

In the latest episode of the Bygmalion affair, which has shaken the conservative UMP to its roots in France, the lawyer of the PR agency that received preferential treatment has admitted that the agency received faked invoices from the party. It appears that these were used to cover up vast over-spending on Nicholas Sarkozy's 2012 election campaign. For the regional daily Le Journal du Centre, the UMP is in free fall: » more


Libération - France | Friday, 23. May 2014

Copé must divulge purpose of UMP expenditures

The leader of the conservative UMP, Jean-François Copé, thanked the press on Thursday for new revelations in the scandal over cronyism in his party. The left-liberal daily Libération, which had reported that the party had transferred roughly 20 million euros to the PR agency Bygmalion, says the party chairman should clear up the affair himself: » more




NaTemat - Poland | Thursday, 13. November 2014

Aleksandra Kosmopolska on Poland's lack of morals

Poland's national-conservative PiS party kicked three MPs out of parliament on Monday for making fraudulent travel expense claims. The fact that they didn't resign of their own accord testifies to a lacking sense of social responsibility that is not confined to these three politicians, blogger Aleksandra Kosmopolska comments angrily on the online portal NaTemat: » more


Super Express - Poland | Wednesday, 12. November 2014

Polish parliament full of big spenders

The Polish parliament will examine the system used by the MPs for travel expenses today, Wednesday. Three national-conservative politicians had put in thousands of euros in expenses for an official trip to Madrid by car when in fact they had booked cheap flights for the journey. This inquiry is just for the benefit of the media, Mirosław Skowron fears in the conservative daily Super Express: » more




Trud - Bulgaria | Monday, 3. November 2014

No cure for corruption in Bulgaria

Forty Bulgarian customs officers were arrested in a police operation at the Lesovo-Hamzabeyli border crossing point between Bulgaria and Turkey on the weekend. They are accused of systematically blackmailing car and lorry drivers and dividing the money among themselves. But such arrests won't stop the corruption in the long term, the daily newspaper Trud comments: » more


Contributors - Romania | Friday, 24. October 2014

Next government in Kiev faces daunting tasks

On the eve of Sunday's parliamentary elections in Ukraine Petro Poroshenko's pro-European alliance has a clear lead in the polls. The new government will face huge challenges, the blog portal Contributors writes: » more


Magyar Hírlap - Hungary | Tuesday, 21. October 2014

No mercy for Hungary's corrupt politicians

The US has banned six top Hungarian officials from entering the country, accusing them of having tried to corrupt US companies active in Hungary. The conservative daily Magyar Hírlap demands that they should be called to account without delay if the accusations prove true: » more


Postimees - Estonia | Thursday, 16. October 2014

Tactless party wheeling and dealing in Tallinn

The city of Tallinn has appointed a judge and a politician who were implicated in the biggest corruption scandal in the history of Estonia. The liberal daily Postimees is not surprised because it says this kind of decision is typical of Tallinn's mayor Edgar Savisaar, leader of the Estonian Centre Party: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 14. October 2014

Corrupt politician gets his just deserts

The former Austrian MEP Ernst Strasser was sentenced by the Supreme Court in Vienna to three years in prison for corruptibility on Monday. In 2011 he promised two Sunday Times journalists posing as lobbyists to use his influence on EU laws in exchange for cash. The left-liberal newspaper Der Standard welcomes the judgement: » more


Večer - Slovenia | Monday, 6. October 2014

Slovenian voters tolerate corruption

In the first round of Slovenia's local elections on Sunday, the current mayor Andrej Fištravec and his predecessor Franc Kangler made it to the second round in the country's second largest city, Maribor. The voters have been far too quick to forget the mass protests against the ex-mayor and his dirty politics and this is making corruption acceptable, the conservative daily Večer writes in annoyance: » more


Diena - Latvia | Wednesday, 24. September 2014

New EU commissioner involved in bank deal?

Latvia's ex-prime minister and European Commission Vice-President designate Valdis Dombrovskis has apparently been dubiously implicated in the sale of the state-owned Citadele Bank to a US investment fund. According to reports in the liberal newspaper Diena, Dombrovskis paid for a trip by several politicians to Georgia, and it was precisely while this trip was taking place that the deal for the sale of the bank was agreed. Now Diena demands transparency: » more

 

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