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Study: Hungary is seen as the most corrupt country in the EU

Study: Hungary is seen as the most corrupt country in the EU

Hungary is perceived to have the worst public sector corruption record in the EU, according to Transparency International's latest report.

With scores ranging from 42 to 46 out of 100, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania are well behind the EU's Scandinavian top three, with Denmark crowned best in class (90), followed by Finland (87) and Sweden (83).

Denmark and Finland also top the world rankings, the latter tied with New Zealand (87), thanks to their "strong democratic institutions and respect for human rights", while Syria and South Sudan (13) and Somalia ( 12), "involved in protracted conflicts," supports the list at the end.

Luxembourg, the UK and Austria have seen their scores drop significantly since 2017, while Ireland is the only EU member state whose score has improved. Moldova, which was granted EU candidate status last June, also improved its score.

With a score of 28, Russia has one of the lowest scores in Eastern Europe, and its full-scale invasion of Ukraine last February is a "stark reminder of the threat that corruption and lack of government accountability pose to peace and global security," the report states.

Ukraine's score is only slightly higher (33), but the country has been undertaking significant reforms and is steadily improving since the start of the war.

But the conflict did not end corruption in the country, as shown by the latest scandal that forced Ukraine's deputy defense minister to resign – showing that the country's anti-corruption mechanisms are so far holding public officials accountable.

The UK and Qatar are at historic lows in this year's edition – although for Doha the report does not draw a direct link to the so-called Qatargate corruption scandal that has rocked Brussels.

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