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20.09.2021

Curbing business and political corruption major task for election winners

New policy brief highlights the urgency for a comprehensive anticorruption plan in Germany.

About the brief

Recent evidence shows that Germany is a laggard on anticorruption policies in Europe. This is acknowledged byseveral international partners, the German media and domestic civil society groups. Recently the OECD and the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) labeled Germany’s compliance with the anti-bribery convention as unsatisfactory.

New data on transparency and public accountability produced by the Hertie School’s European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building shows that GRECO is right: Germany falls below European average on most public accountability regulation. Moreover, while the EU asks accession countries to have a proactive policy related to corruption scandals, Germany has repeatedly failed to do so.

This policy brief makes several recommendations on how to curb corruption in Germany. A new government should propose a comprehensive anti-corruption policy plan, implement GRECO recommendations on conflict of interest for politicians in full and revive the attempt to make businesses truly responsible for corruption. The new majority in the Bundestag should also move decisively to have anti-corruption institutions truly independent and acting far more decisively and promptly against a large set of practices amounting to systematic undue profit from political connections.

Authors

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, ERCAS team

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This report is part of the Hertie School’s policy briefs project for public reform. Learn more about the project.

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