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Corruption and instability in Europe

Italy's new guard. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

The toppling of Spain's prime minister and the rise of Italy's new populist government have led to concerns over newfound instability in Europe. One factor in both cases: corruption.

By the numbers: 81% in Spain and 84% in Italy believe government corruption is widespread, among the highest marks in the EU, according to Gallup.

  • Slovenia, which is also near the top at 80%, elected a right-wing populist party over the weekend.
  • The lowest percentages, by far, came from Scandinavia (16% in Sweden, 17% in Denmark, 19% in Finland), while Croatia (89%) was highest. Germany (32%), the U.K. (41%) and France (64%) fell in between.