The Czech Republic’s corruption ranking has worsened this year according to the annual evaluation carried out by anti-graft watchdog Transparency International. The country fell from 52nd to 53rd place in the ranking of 178 countries this year. In 2008 the Czech Republic was 45th. Transparency International’s Czech branch director said no anti-corruption measures were taken over the last 18 months with the country gripped by a permanent election campaign. Politicians like to talk about measures but had so far not taken any action, he added. Among the least corrupt countries were Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore.
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