Italy Has the Highest Levels of Corruption in Europe, Study Shows

A certain amount of corruption is usual, but when it becomes too obvious, it leads to apathy.

Rigged Game

Corruption is more costly to Italy than any other European country, leaving it lagging behind other western European nations.

Cross-posted from TheLocal.it

The Italian economy loses 236 billion euros a year to corruption, which is about 13 percent of gross domestic product, or equal to 3,903 euros per inhabitant.

The figure is twice as high as that of France, where it’s equal to 120 billion euros and 6 percent of GDP, and that of Germany, where corruption costs 104 billion euros (4 percent of GDP).

The analysis was conducted by the American NGO RAND for the European Parliament.

89 percent of Italians think that corruption is “extremely widespread” in their country, with 84 percent convinced that it is “part of the business culture” of Italy.

The study highlights how, in Italy, the wasted money could resolve all of the country’s major social problems, Repubblica writes.

The cost of corruption…

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