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Delo - Slovenia | Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Corrupt MEP gives up

In the aftermath of the bribery scandal which has hit the European Parliament the Slovenian MEP Zoran Thaler on Monday announced his resignation, following the example of other colleagues before him. On Monday morning he was still protesting that he had done nothing illegal. Corruption is inherent to politics, the daily Delo laments: "Thaler's 'euroscandal' has reaffirmed the Slovenian public in its belief that politics is corrupt. Anyone who has the opportunity to earn a few (thousand) euros on the side will take advantage of it, even if the affair is morally dubious and even punishable. ... The politicians' greed for more and more money and the greed of companies who see their profit margins dwindle by a few euros every now and then owing to the decisions of politicians are the cause of this corruption. MEPs and other functionaries will never be paid enough to stop them from getting involved in corrupt dealings. There will always be somebody who wants more. And that's why it's a good thing that such cases are being punished."

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