Jan’s and Daphne’s Laws: How to Stop the Murder of Journalists

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Investigate Europe stands with OCCRP in the defense of journalism. That’s why we are cross-posting this article, written by Drew Sullivan, editor of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, and initially published by OCCRP. Drew was working closely with Jan Kuciak, the 28 year old Solvak investigative reporter murdered last February. The article is republished with the permission of OCCRP. By Drew Sullivan, Editor …

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BLOG | Free City of Gdańsk – How Poland’s window to the world rises against populism

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Shop in Gdansk / credit. Voytek Ciesla

Gdańsk, Poland’s window to the world and cradle of the Solidaritydemocracy movement, raises the flag again against a wave of populism sweeping the country. Some few hundred protestors against a new law of the Law and Justice party (PiS) risk easy identification by the police. People are well aware of this but still come out despite the fear among those who work in state-controlled enterprises or institutions of reprisals. A city lives up to it’s history.

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BLOG | Legislation in the „Black Box“ of the EU Council – where secrecy feeds mistrust

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European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly
European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly Credit: European Parliament/flickr

Emily O’Reilly, the EU’s Ombudsman, fights with diligence and tenacity for transparency and accountability in European institutions. O’ Reilly calls out abuses of power by name and fights on behalf of citizens. Now, she has started against the most obstinate and unshiftable bar to greater European democracy: the European Council, the institution where governments of member states decide on the union’s legislation. In the eyes of Ms O’Reilly, the way in which this institution functions “undermines citizens’ right to hold their governments accountable”.

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BLOG | An unexpected change is sweeping through Angola

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Credit: Eu sou João Lourenço / Flickr

He was internationally dismissed as an unwilling to change “loyal party soldier”. But after serving 100 days in office, João Lourenço, Angola’s new president, is busy purging the state apparatus of the ruling family. The daughter of the president, her banks and her phone company – or: How a regime change in Angola may affect Portugal through the accumulated wealth and the investments of the African country’s former presidential family.

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BLOG | The overlooked past of the ‘next PM of Greece’

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Kyriakos Mitsotakis // credits: flickr/Nea Dimokratia

The current leader of the Greek opposition, New Democracy party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, is odds-on favourite to become the next Greek prime minister. Both German and US media have dubbed him a “star of the people” offering Greece “a glimmer of hope”. A sworn reformist, he slams nepotism and corruption. And yet that international praise ignores hard facts – such as the inclusion of his spouse in the Paradise Papers or his personal involvement in the biggest corruption scandal of the last 30 years in Greece.

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Race to the bottom: Europe’s precariat

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Selection of European Newspapers covering Investigative Europe's research on labour - credit: Christian T. Joergensen

Why has the “precarisation of labour”, as sociologists call it, reached an enormous scale? And what must be done to stop it? Investigate Europe has researched these questions all across Europe. The findings are sobering. Click here to find out where you can read our stories in your national language.

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The EU Parliament opens the way for a Defence Commissioner and pushes states to find €76 bn for weapons

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European Defence Agency, Black Blade 2016, © Fischer Maximilian / Flickr

The resolution to be adopted next week in Strasbourg is a major step towards further militarisation of the EU. For the first time ever, the European Parliament makes the case for the creation of a Commission Directorate General (DG)-Defence. Rapporteur Michael Gahler is also the head of Kangaroo, a lobby group promoting security and defence imperatives in the EU institutions for decades.

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Precarious work: Europe’s new reserve army

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Detail of the article as published by Der Tagesspiegel. Illustration by Julia Schneider

Millions of Europeans in temporary, part-time or bogus self-employed contracts can only find insecure and badly paid jobs, despite the healthy economic climate. That is the price of deregulating labour markets, Investigate Europe reports. This precarious set of labour conditions was created intentionally. FULL ENGLISH VERSION

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NEW INVESTIGATION: Europe’s dire dependency on Microsoft

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Headlines featuring IE's investigation on Microsoft. Credit: Christian T. Joergensen

All across Europe, from Finland to Portugal, Ireland to Greece, the information technology (IT) of government administrations is based on Microsoft programs. This dependence has severe consequences. Investigate Europe’s research will be published in more then 12 countries this time – click here to find out where you can read the stories in your national language

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Why Europe’s dependency on Microsoft is a huge security risk

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This dependency is solid. Credit: Martin Abegglen/flickr

On May 12 hackers hit more than a hundred countries exploiting a stolen N.S.A. tool that targeted vulnerabilities of Microsoft software. The attacks infected only machines running Windows. Among the victims are public administrative bodies such as NHS hospitals in the UK. Investigate Europe spent months to investigate the dire dependency of European countries on Microsoft – and the security risks this entails. Read our full investigation in ENGLISH.

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This is where you can read our stories on Europe’s new dysfunctional border regime

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Publications via Investigative Europe Graphic: Christian T. Jørgensen

Far from the public eye, the governments of the European Union are pursuing a weighty long-term plan to use technology on a massive scale for the control of the European borders. But will the desired surveillance system serve its purpose? Will it make Europe safer? We, Investigate Europe, a team of nine journalists from eight different countries, have tried to find answers to those questions. Click here to find out where you can read our first EU-wide story in your national language.

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Uncounted: Invisible Deaths on Europe’s Borders

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One section of the cemetery in Castellammare del Golfo in Sicily has been reserved for drowned migrants. Just a few of them have names on them. Credit: Ingeborg Eliassen

There is no official record of the number of refugees who go missing crossing the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Europe. This is not a coincidence. Our investigation as published via News Deeply IN ENGLISH.

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How the EU cosied up to the defence lobby

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Flags in front of the EU commission in Brussels Photo: Alvaro Millan/flickr

Consultants who advise the European Commission (EC) on its security policies have also been working for companies that win related research projects, funded by the European Union, raising concerns about conflict of interest. IN ENGLISH

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