The main focus of the article is to examine the position and role of ethics in the economically and politically globalised modern world. No one questions the necessity of ethical behaviour in all kinds of human activity, both in business and politics. Actions, however, are not always consistent with moral principles. The ever-expanding system of parliamentary democracy and market economy poses new challenges for individuals, societies and governments. Ethical issues are frequently subordinated to the overriding objective of solving current problems. At times, there is tacit approval of unethical conduct. The scale of this phenomenon increases as a result of globalisation. The 2007-2009 crisis highlighted the strength of globalisation processes and their interconnectedness. It also demonstrated the consequences of violating ethical standards (mainly by financial institutions). The growing debt of the global economy is a burden for future generations, and is caused by mistakes partly stemming from unethical behaviour. The spread of unethical practices is becoming one of the most acute problems of the modern world.
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