Some 53.4% of respondents to a national survey believed corruption had increased “a little” or “a lot” in the past 3 years. Only 2.5% of respondents believed corruption had decreased a little or a lot. A whopping 48.1% did not think the government was effective in tackling the corruption problem. Damningly, 92.7% of respondents would like to report corruption, but only 30.1% would know where to report it.A leaked police investigation report from 2006 suggested there were approximately 1000 corrupt prison officials currently working, while a further 600 were having an “inappropriate relationship” with a prisoner.An estimated 38, 000 people are involved in organized crime, and a 2006 survey of the construction sector reported that 41% of respondents had been offered a bribe at least once in their career.
Siemens was just the biggest in the country’s history ~ $2.5 Billion in fines for bribery and falsification of corporate records.Deutsche Bank was fined $1.32 million by the Financial Services Authority in the UK for “irresponsible lending practices”: issuing home loans exclusively through mortgage brokers to customers with poor credit histories, then soaking them with made-up fees when they fell into arrears.The FSA reported that this was the first time they’d ever had to fine a company for irresponsible mortgage lending, and that the fine would have been $1.8 million if Deutsche Bank had not cooperated with the FSA.
“I consider this to be merely the tip of the iceberg. Based on 45 years’ work experience, Germany is thoroughly corrupt and whoever talks about this is considered a Judas.”
“The impression is of a clique of powerful men up to no good, linked by a potent mix of money, politics and business, and of an executive branch too close to the justice system”?How about,“…her husband went often to Switzerland and returned with suitcases of cash. He travelled there, she said, with Ziad Takieddine, a Franco-Lebanese arms broker, who has also been charged in the Karachi affair“?