Zhou Yongkang: a former oil boss and security tsar who amassed power, he has been at the centre of investigations since July last year. Experts say the inquiry is driven by internal politics not justice. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

At a building site in Changsha, in Hunan province, not far from where Communist China’s founding father Mao Zedong comes from, a series of 33 carto(...)

Demonstrators march in Sao Paulo against corruption and the government of president Dilma Rousseff. Photograph: Bosco Martin/EPA

Public prosecutors in Brazil have charged 36 people, including top executives from some of the country’s leading civil engineering companies, with inv(...)

Samples of standardised or plain packaging of tobacco products.

Ireland has maintained its position for a second year as the 18th best country for protecting property rights in the globe according to the influenti(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping: crackdown on corruption. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

One of the highest-profile government policies in China of late has been President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption, targeting low-ranking “flies”(...)

Money makes the world go round: Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2014 shows that Denmark is the least corrupt country in the world

Ireland is now ranked number 17 out of 175 countries on the annual corruption index published by Transparency International, up from a ranking of 2(...)

‘The nice people minding the remains of the National Pensions Reserve Fund in Dublin’s Grand Canal Street can take some short-term pleasure from the Linaburg-Maduell Transparency Index Ratings.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In case you missed it, this week saw the release of the long-awaited third-quarter Linaburg-Maduell Transparency Index Ratings, aka the Oscars of the (...)

EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom during a press conference to launch the first Anti-Corruption Report, at the EU Commission headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium, on Monday. Photograph: EPA

Ireland has undertaken substantial reforms in tackling corruption but still must improve the speed at which it secures criminal prosecutions, a report(...)

Anti-government protesters continue to fortify their barricades to block the police from forcing them out of Independence Square in Kiev yesterday. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

As a horde of big men in masks, helmets and black body armour bore down on them in the freezing early hours of Wednesday, protesters in Kiev feared an(...)

Denmark and New Zealand were found to be the least corrupt on the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index for 2013. Image: Transparency International

Ireland is ranked number 21 out of 177 countries named on the annual ‘corruption’ index published by Transparency International, up from a ranking of (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with the head of the BMW plant in Leipzig, Manfred Erlacher. Photograph: Peter Endig/AP

While Angela Merkel hunts for a coalition partner, her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has confirmed it received a €690,000 donation from the family (...)