Switzerland has been named the third least corrupt country in the world in a key annual ranking. The Alpine nation came in equal third place behind Denmark and New Zealand in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2018 which was released by Transparency International on Tuesday. The index, which is based on 13 transparency rankings, ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople. It uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. Switzerland scored 85, as did Singapore and Sweden.Rounding out the top ten were Norway, the Netherlands, Canada and Luxembourg. Transparency International noted that countries near the top of the perceptions ranking had common democratic attributes such as strong institutions, rule of law and high levels of economic development. Problems at the top But the organization warned that even countries that achieved high scores in the CPI were … [Read more...] about Switzerland one of world’s least corrupt countries despite recent scandals
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Viet Nam News HCM CITY — HCM City has great potential for smart-city development but lags far behind other Asian smart cities, according to a study issued by the HCM City-based University of Economics. Nguyễn Trọng Hoài, vice president of the university, said that city authorities faced major challenges to develop smart-city initiatives. Speaking at a recent HCM City Economic Forum, he said the challenges included rapid urbanisation, traffic congestion, pollution and increased population, as well as poor managerial coordination of electricity, water and transport infrastructure. “To overcome these challenges, a smart-city model with infrastructure managed by smart people and smart technology is essential,” Hoài said. The university study notes that a smart city “uses high technology in management, which connects information systems and synchronises infrastructure planning”. Nguyễn Thiện … [Read more...] about HCM city smart city development still lags behind region
Too many parts of the country, including proud areas here on Tyneside, were kept back by eight years of crippling Tory austerity. It’s why so many people are now sick and tired of the politically motivated Conservative assault on wages with people’s real annual pay-packets £800 lower than a decade ago and the sustained attacks on public services.And it’s why Jeremy Corbyn’s message of hope draws huge crowds wherever he goes, including when Labour’s leader visited Jarrow.Since the Tories stumbled back into power in 2010, they’ve failed on the cost of living and living standards while adding more to the national debt than Labour ever did.Theresa May’s nose should be longer than Pinocchio’s after those fibs about ending austerity when the country’s still denied decent wage rises and three-quarters of welfare cuts, including hefty cuts for working families, are yet to hit us.It’s why the country needs an effective opposition, … [Read more...] about Stephen Hepburn MP: Years of Tory austerity has left our public services on their knees
World To win the presidency in 2017, Emmanuel Macron had to reinvent himself. The insider turned outsider disrupted French politics, creating his own center-left party and promising to rescue the continent from a wave of euroskeptic populism. He beat the National Front’s Marine Le Pen—exactly the sort of nationalist who was threatening the liberal values that helped shape the European Union. But a little over a year later, Macron is facing a greater challenge. With Germany’s Angela Merkel weakened, Italy’s radical new government threatening to launch a parallel national currency and the United Kingdom drifting toward a no-deal Brexit, the 40-year-old French president finds himself outnumbered by the EU’s increasingly right-wing leaders. “It is up to us today to take our responsibilities and guarantee our own security, and thus have European sovereignty,” Macron said on August 27, adding that in the age of Donald Trump, Europe can no longer … [Read more...] about Can Emmanuel Macron Defend Europe From the White Nationalist Right All by Himself?
Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post Published 10:30 am PDT, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Britain's top diplomat praised President Donald Trump for increasingly strong sanctions against Russia and called on Europeans to match his efforts, whether in response to a nerve agent attack in England last spring, election interference, or the annexation of Crimea. Russia's "aggressive and malign behavior undermines the international order that keeps us safe," Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Tuesday in a speech at the U.S. Institute of Peace. "Of course we must engage with Moscow, but we must also be blunt. Russia's foreign policy under President [Vladimir] Putin has made the world a more dangerous place." Trump has a "very different style of politics," including his prolific use of social media, and has engaged in dialogue with the Russian leader, Hunt said. But "I think it's very important to look at what he does as well as what he says." "What you see is an approach to foreign … [Read more...] about Britain’s foreign secretary calls on Europe to be more like Trump on Russia