Corruption is not merely a problem causing economic loss, one of many, which Member States and EU institutions would address by adopting suitable policies and legislation. Corruption, the influence of corrupt economic players in politics and public administration, the capture of law-making by lobbyists advocating powerful private interests, exchanging level playing fields for favouritism in the economy – these are not technicalities, these constitute a serious challenge to the moral foundations of democracy. While we witness the decline of trust in the basic institutional framework of liberal democracy and of concern for democratic values in European societies which the economic crisis hit the hardest, most notably in Hungary, we should bear in mind that the way for such a downturn was paved by a severe disillusion caused, among other things, by the corruption with which our democracies are infested. The quality and credibility of democracy is at stake here.

I will report on my activities related to these topics on this webpage. My reports will be organised under several headings:



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