Transparency International (TI) published its 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index last week. Spain dropped 10 notches in its ranking on the Index, and the reason is clear. The royal family and some national elected officials have been embroiled in scandal. What's a country to do? Proposing a law to control more tightly the financial activities of political parties to avoid further corruption scandals is a good start.
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The "Lagarde List” of tax evaders with money at the Swiss branch of HSBC is proving to be a treasure trove of information linking secret bank accounts to politicians in Europe, first in Greece and now in Spain.
An influential newspaper in Spain has published what it said were handwritten documents detailing 19 years of secret payments to leaders of the prime minister's Popular Party.