Monday, February 18, 2008

Corruption - a problems of those (ethnically) others

It's true, isn't it? We hear the words corruption, tax evasion, theft, many people think immediately 'third world'. And, to be fair, there's a fair share of all of that in developing countries, BUT, us developed world whities are also not doing really badly on that front. Germany, that beacon of decency and honesty, has just been hit by a gigantic tax evasion scandal in the vicinity of about 4 billion Euro. Orchestrated by very wealthy business leaders (including, for instance, the boss of logistics company Deutsche Post) and aided and abetted by that funny financial outfit Liechtenstein (the European equivalent to Caribbean tax havens for tax evaders), in effect these richest of the rich in Germany stole billions of Euros from other tax payers. Not just a problem of the developing world then, it seems...

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