February 24, 2012
Web crash after Italian ministers list Vespa and Harley-Davidson as assets
Mario Monti’s “grey” government of technocrats and professors in Italy may not be so dull after all. Thanks to a transparency drive which compelled ministers to list income and assets online, Italians have discovered to their surprise that the cabinet includes millionaires and fans of Harley-Davidson and Vespa. After promising to cut tax evasion and endemic fraud, Monti set an honest example by going public with his cabinet’s wealth. The results were so intriguing the government’s website crashed due to intense traffic when they were published. (via guardian.co.uk)

Web crash after Italian ministers list Vespa and Harley-Davidson as assets

Mario Monti’s “grey” government of technocrats and professors in Italy may not be so dull after all. Thanks to a transparency drive which compelled ministers to list income and assets online, Italians have discovered to their surprise that the cabinet includes millionaires and fans of Harley-Davidson and Vespa. After promising to cut tax evasion and endemic fraud, Monti set an honest example by going public with his cabinet’s wealth. The results were so intriguing the government’s website crashed due to intense traffic when they were published. (via guardian.co.uk)

December 13, 2011
Iceland Tumbles Down Transparency Index
Iceland keeps slipping down Transparency International’s list of the world’s least corrupt countries; it now places 13, down from 11 last year. New Zealand tops the list as the world’s least corrupt country.
Iceland’s Nordic neighbors Denmark, Finland and Sweden rank closely behind New Zealand. Norway places sixth below Singapore, which ranks fifth, visir.is reports.
Before the banking collapse in Iceland in 2008, the country ranked close to the top; it placed first in 2005 but had dropped to sixth by 2007. (via Iceland Review)

Iceland Tumbles Down Transparency Index

Iceland keeps slipping down Transparency International’s list of the world’s least corrupt countries; it now places 13, down from 11 last year. New Zealand tops the list as the world’s least corrupt country.

Iceland’s Nordic neighbors Denmark, Finland and Sweden rank closely behind New Zealand. Norway places sixth below Singapore, which ranks fifth, visir.is reports.

Before the banking collapse in Iceland in 2008, the country ranked close to the top; it placed first in 2005 but had dropped to sixth by 2007. (via Iceland Review)

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