Monday, December 22, 2008

Corruption in Italy

Facts about Italy presents:Corruption in Italy

A series of corruption scandals rocking Italy has revived memories of the "Clean Hands" campaign of the 1990s that drove the long-ruling conservative Christian Democratic party out of power.Launched in 1992, the operation dismantled a deep-seated system of patronage between politicians and business leaders dubbed "Tangentopoli"Upwards of 1,000 people were convicted as the Christian Democratic party, which had dominated Italian politics since World War II, was consigned to history.

Corruption in Italy

According to the annual index of Transparency International on perceived corruption around the world, Italy ranked 55th this year with a score of 4.8 out of 10, compared with 5.2 out of 10 last year.

The press already has a name for the new wave of corruption scandals: Tangentopoli Rosso (Red).

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