Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
But you can ban doing favours in return for the bribes. Simply establish that if a politician seeks to pass a law that favours a company that has contributed (directly or indirectly) to his or her campaign, it's bribery unless he repays the contribution in full and with mark-to-market interest rates.

Then create an enforcement agency with teeth. It doesn't have to work perfectly - heck, if it'll put just 10 % of all the politicians who are on the take behind bars, the rest would probably fall more or less in line.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 04:05:08 PM EST
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