Dan Hough

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German politics just got interesting. In Sunday’s national election, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) came out best with 33 percent of the vote, but an 8.5 percentage point drop in support from the 2013 election leaves the party battered and bruised.

The party that governed with the CDU, the Social Democrats (SPD), performed even worse, pulling only 20.5 percent of the vote. That’s an unmitigated disaster for Germany’s oldest political party.

Throw in strong performances by a range of smaller parties on the left (Die Linke, 9.2 percent) and in the center (the Greens, 8.9 percent, and the Free Democrats, 10.7 percent) and an upstart far-right party (the Alternative for Germany (AfD), with 12.6 percent) — and much of Germany woke up Monday asking: What happens next?…  Seguir leyendo »

Corruption, like all contested concepts, is hard to measure. That hasn’t stopped ever more organizations from trying. The most well-known of these is Transparency International (TI), a Berlin-based NGO.

Its most famous product, the Corruption Perceptions Index, has been a regular feature of the anti-corruption landscape since the mid-1990s. It pulls together a variety of surveys on corruption and related concepts in a glorified poll of polls, giving (in 2016) 176 countries a score between 1 and 100; the most recent version was just published on Jan. 25.

The pace-setters in the 2016 version were, as they usually are, the Nordic countries, with Denmark (90), Finland (89), Sweden (88) and Norway (85) all in the top six.…  Seguir leyendo »