There is only one solution to the endemic corruption strangling Romania’s economy and hurting its chances of joining NATO — legalize bribes and tax them, a leading financial newspaper quipped Monday.

An April Fools spoof in a front-page article in the Ziarul Financiar proposed a sliding scale of taxes on “commissions and supplementary insurance payments for health and a better life,” starting with a five percent levy on bribes of up to one million euros.