Corruption in Germany

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Corruption in Germany is examined on this page.


Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer 2013 reveals that political parties and businesses are the most corrupt institutions in Germany. The same report also indicates that petty corruption is not as uncommon as in other European countries. The survey shows that 11% of the respondents claim to have been asked to pay a bribe at one point in their life and only few of those said that they had refused to pay the bribe.[1]

According to Freedom House's report, Germany’s ability to ensure integrity and to prevent corruption in state bodies is generally sufficient due to a strong institutional setup.[2]

Regarding business and corruption, business executives from World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014 consider tax regulations and restrictive labour regulations as the most problematic factors for doing business. They also report that trust in the ethical standards of politicians is relatively high, and that irregular payments and bribes only rarely take place in relation to public services.[3]

German Anti-Corruption Legislation[edit]

The German Criminal Code makes it illegal to offer, pay or accept a bribe. Under the Administrative Offences Act companies can be fined up to EUR 10 million for corruption and face confiscation of all economic advantages obtained through bribery. The Act holds companies reliable for the actions of their employees. Germany cooperates with foreign governments and anti-corruption agencies to achieve the high level of enforcement of the anti-corruption legislation.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Global Corruption Barometer 2013". Transparency International. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Freedom in the World 2013- Germany". Freedom House. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "German Anti-Corruption Legislation". Business Anti-Corruption Portal. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 

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