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3 ways MEPs can fiddle expenses

The Westminster expenses scandal in the UK back in 2009 made headlines with journalists uncovering parliamentarians using their expenses to redecorate their home homes, evade taxes and one MP even used expenses to build a duck house. This lead to a...
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Crisis? What crisis?

Anyone who has to deal with the EU on a daily basis knows that sense of lurching from crisis to crisis that has characterised the last seven or eight years, so much so that the term ‘permacrisis’ has been coined to describe this seemingly...
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Cashback? Bringing stolen assets back to Ukraine

When former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country at the end of the Maidan revolution protestors in 2014, activists and citizens visited his now abandoned Mezhyhirya mansion. What they witnessed was the shear amount of wealth that...
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Containing Corruption

What factors promote or hinder the development of effective anti-corruption policies and impartial government institutions? The ANTICORRP (Anticorruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenges of Corruption)...
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EU Council: Stop watering down tax transparency proposals

Not that long ago the word “tax” for most people would mean something rather boring and technical, for only accountants and lawyers to deal with. This has changed dramatically in recent years. Scandal after scandal, starting with Offshore Leaks...