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Entries in Germany (102)

Tuesday
Dec162014

Siemens settles recovery suit with last of eleven execs from 2008 bribe case

Siemens AG's former CFO Heinz-Joachim Neubürger will pay the company €2.5 million ($3.1 million) to settle a civil recovery claim connected to the global bribery scandal Siemens resolved with U.S. and German authorities in 2008.

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Thursday
Dec112014

German prosecutor fines Rheinmetall $46 million for Greek bribes

German auto parts maker and defense contractor Rheinmetall AG said in a statement Wednesday that a subsidiary agreed to pay a fine of €37 million ($46 million) to resolve a criminal investigation of alleged bribes in connection with arms sales in Greece.

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Friday
Dec052014

Former senior Bechtel exec took $5 million in kickbacks

A former top executive of Bechtel Corporation pleaded guilty Thursday for taking $5.2 million in kickbacks to rig bids for state-run power contracts in Egypt.

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Thursday
Dec042014

Germany probes Airbus for bribery

Prosecutors in Munich confirmed Wednesday that Airbus is under investigation for bribery connected with border security contracts in Romania and Saudi Arabia.

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Wednesday
Dec032014

TI releases 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index: Action needed in the U.S. and other countries

Transparency International released its 20th edition of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) today, available here. The 2014 CPI ranks 175 countries based on the perceptions of public sector corruption. Denmark is at the top of the list with a CPI score of 92. Similar to the last several years, North Korea and Somalia are at the bottom of the list, scoring 8 each.

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Tuesday
Nov182014

Iran talks: Due for another extension?

U..S. Secretary of State John Kerry (Image courtesy of the U,S. State Department)The deadline for a nuclear deal and the expiration of temporary sanctions relief is fast approaching -- November 24 -- extended from the original July 20, 2014 deadline. It shouldn’t come as too much a surprise, however, that officials from different countries involved in the negotiations suggested last week that a deal by Monday is unlikely and that a second extension is under consideration.

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Wednesday
Nov052014

Abbot of German monastery allegedly laundered millions

A Benedictine abbey in Germany's southern state of Baden Württemberg has discovered a secret fortune amassed by the former spiritual head of the monastery.

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Tuesday
Oct282014

French lessons: How about some strategic enforcement competition?

Even the most ardent Francophile, as I most assuredly am, must be dismayed by France’s abysmal record of bribery prosecutions. Recent OECD Anti-Bribery Convention Working Group reports reveal France’s inexorable zero. While France has contributed significantly to the global anti-corruption regime through its part in seizing Obiang family assets as well as referring evidence in the KBR cases to the U.S., nevertheless when it comes to prosecuting its own French based multinationals, France is failing.

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Thursday
Oct232014

OECD enforcement grades are in (and still aren't pretty)

For the tenth year in a row, Transparency International (TI) has assessed enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention (the Convention) and the results are disheartening.

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Wednesday
Oct152014

The march to Mauthausen

Gate to the garage yard in the Mauthausen concentration camp (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Martin is the amazing young man who took me on my tour. He did his year of national service at the former Nazi concentration camp, mostly giving tours. He works on projects for green energy in his regular job. As an Austrian, he gives all of us hope for a better future.

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Friday
Oct102014

Job: Financial Accounting Officer (TI, Berlin)

Job Title: Financial Accounting Officer

Employer: Transparency International

Location: Berlin, Germany

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Friday
Sep122014

H-P Russia sentenced for mob-style felonies

A Russia subsidiary of Palo Alto-based Hewlett Packard Company pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in San Francisco to conspiracy and substantive violations of the anti-bribery and accounting provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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