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>> A new report by Transparency International draws parallels between the rise of corruption, rising levels of social inequality, and the rise of populist leaders across the world. I'm Andrea Shalal here at Berlin with Reuters, and this report is very illuminating because it draws some connections. And it notes, for instance, that populist leaders like Marine Le Pen in France and Donald Trump in the United States often refer to levels of corruption and vow to fight it.
But the report says in the end, actually do very little. So for instance, the index scores of Hungary and Turkey, where there are populist and authoritarian regimes in place who had vowed to crack down corruption. The perceived corruption index has actually gone up in those countries, while Argentina, which recently ousted a populist leader, has actually seen an increase in confidence, or a decline in perceived corruption levels.
Here in Germany, there has been a lot of attention to right wing extremism. Just on Wednesday, 200 police raided homes in six states, hunting for an an organization that they believe is planning extremist violence against Jews, police and asylum seekers. Just a week ago, Marine Le Pen and Frauke Petry, one of the leaders of the Alternative fur Deutschland, or Alternative for Germany party, the anti-immigrant party, met at an event in Copeland where media were actually banned.
And this is another factor that shows up in the report, that in countries where there are populist authoritarian regimes in place, there is a corresponding decline in freedom of the press and in other civil liberties.