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Corruption and the ‘arc of instability’

This article originally appeared on Europe’s World. You can find the original here. The late, fantastic novelist Gabriel García Márquez once wrote that ‘the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.’ There...
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Inside Job: When MEPs are lobbyists

Today marks five years since the Sunday Times broke the ‘Cash-for-Amendments’ scandal. Back in 2011, British undercover reporters recorded three MEPs who willingly accepted money for submitting amendments to EU legislation. The scandal led Mr...
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Is the EU exporting corruption across the Aegean?

There’s only six kilometres in the strait of Mytilene between Lesvos in Greece and the Ayvalik islands in Turkey. People traffickers charge desperate refugees thousands to make the short, dangerous journey. Corruption fuels their business: people...
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Spring cleaning? Time for transparent lobbying

Spring is around the corner, or so they keep saying in spite of the cold and the grey. It’s the time of year for a spring clean, when we do away with the cobwebs and dust in dark corners. Today the European Commission is looking into doing its own...
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The Eternally Unfinished Highway

If you’re planning to drive to Sicily, or Reggio Calabria or Tropea this summer you’ll likely spend some time on the A3 or Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway. The main artery through the “Mezzogiorno” or Italy’s south. Beset by vistas of...
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End corruption for a sustainable future

Things were a little different back in the year 2000. Having survived the non-existent technological apocalypse which Y2K was supposed to bring about and the dreadful hairstyles of the late nineties, the United Nations came together for a Millennium...
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Follow the minutes, follow the money

Since the start of the financial crisis the Eurogroup has dominated the global headlines. How the euro is governed affects us all. Every Eurogroup meeting seems to be a “last chance” to save the euro, or Greece, or Portugal. With stakes this...