Austria: A haven of corruption
31 August 2011
"Give and take: the corrupt republic," headlines Die Presse in its report on "the wave of corruption scandals that has rocked the country." According to an OECD specialist quoted by the conservative newspaper, Austria is a "haven for corruption" that "the courts are no longer able" to keep in check. The daily details "the wave of scandals" that has swept the country in recent years: three ministers, a member of the Telekom board of directors, the wife of the railway services CEO, a trader working for BAWAG (the trade union federation bank) have been implicated in a range of shady deals. Die Presse regrets that they are unlikely to face court action for their involvement.