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Greece performing poorly in rule of law, study finds

Greece ranks last among countries in Western Europe and North America in terms of rule of law, according to a survey by the Washington-based World Justice Project.

Released on Wednesday, the report ranks countries across eight areas impacting the rule of law and is based on interviews with 97,000 members of the general public and more than 2,500 experts in 97 countries.

“Greece is the weakest performer of the countries in the Western Europe and North America region measured by the index,” the report said.

“The country has a fair system of checks and balances but its administrative agencies are inefficient, lax in enforcing regulations, and affected by improper influence. The civil justice system is independent, but slow. Overall, Greece earns high marks in protecting basic rights and liberties, but discrimination against disadvantaged groups is perceived to be a problem,” it said.