Corruption is especially prevalent in the building industry where firms are often happy to grease a palm to get the green light for their project. The state prosecutor in Regensburg is currently looking into a case involving local politicians.
South Korea's former president was sentenced to eight more years over abusing state funds, meaning she now faces a total 32 years in prison. The latest case involved illegal payments from the country's spy agency.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been charged of criminal breach of trust and abuse of power in a probe linked with the 1MDB graft case. Najib had lost power only two months ahead of his arrest.
When its wealthy Russian owner suspected of money laundering left the medieval property in disrepair, the state government used a historical preservation ordinance to take charge. Now it's slated for sale and renovation.
After months of legal turmoil, Romania's anti-corruption chief has been fired. Her sacking and controversial legal reforms to weaken corruption charges is raising concern in Brussels.
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