Hungary and Croatia 'new face of corruption,' New Zealand and Denmark cleanest
Carl Dolan, who heads the anti-corruption NGO's office in Brussels, described the two "as the new face of corruption in Europe".
His comments, posted on a blog on TI's website, followed the publication of the NGO's annual corruption perception index
Out Wednesday, the survey noted Croatia and Hungary have now joined the ranks of the worst performers in the EU alongside Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, and Romania.
The survey ranks some 176 countries and scores them on a 0 to 100 scale, with 0 being perceived as highly corrupt and 100 as being very clean.
Bulgaria scored the worst among EU states with 41, followed by Greece (44), Italy (47), Romania (48), Hungary (48), and Croatia (49).
EU states also rank as the best performers in the global survey, however.
Tied with New Zealand, Denmark comes out as the world's cleanest with a score of 90. Finland is next best at 89 followed by Sweden at 88.
Somalia is perceived as the most corrupt country in the world, followed closely by South Sudan, and North Korea. ■