The sharing economy creates a new group of vulnerable workers. Some of them are beginning to defend themselves.
They come with their minds full of questions, Stavanger’s unemployed, today to the «Terminal», a glass palace in the city harbour. Passengers used to leave with ferries for Denmark and England from this dock. Today, some of the 822 that were invited here by the Employment Office may decide to leave, but to other regions of Norway. Regions that are fishing for workers.
Hundreds of thousands of young Greeks have turned their backs on depleted public services, dead labour markets and worsening working conditions. Germany wants them. Meanwhile, the Greek health system feels the brain drain. Published in NORWEGIAN by Aftenbladet.
Labour crime and social dumping is almost risk-free. Now the city of Oslo is determined to restore legality and decent conditions on its construction sites – and eyes in its model a new Nordic export to Europe.
Governments in Western and Eastern Europe clash over child benefits. While the sums are small, emotions are strong. Published in NORWEGIAN by Aftenbladet.
It was supposed to be the solution. Flexible working relations would energize the labour market and strengthen the economy. Millions of workers in Europe are left in opposite situations, insecure and vulnerable. Publication in NORWEGIAN via Aftenbladet.
Norway has been a quasi-member of the EU since entering the EEA agreement in 1994. Very few discuss the contract in the general public sphere. But the issue has grown to enormous proportions in the labour movement. Can Norway retain safe and decent labour conditions without exiting the EEA? Published in NORWEGIAN by Aftenbladet.
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.
European public administrations have chained themselves to Microsoft’s toolbox of word documents, excel sheets, powerpoint presentations and outlook. It costs billions. The lock-in is not the fault of Microsoft, but of the public administrations that have allowed themselves to be locked in, says Björn Lundell. He is a professor of computer science at Högskolan i Skövde, Sweden. Read more in NORWEGIAN.
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.
2017: At the European borders thousands of refugees die. But the exact number remains unknown, the dead uncounted. This is a story about those who dedicate their effort to humanize the tragedy, struggling to identify the bodies, making burial ceremonies, recording the events. But those who die this way won’t become a political issue unless they are counted. Read more in PORTUGUESE.
EU uses warships against smuggling networks that put fragile rubber boats on the Mediterranean. But on the boats are only the desperate. The smugglers are on shore. Read our story on “Operation Sophia” – published in Norway and Portugal – IN ENGLISH.
The defense and security industry have found a new, big market in an increasingly frightful Europe. Critics claim companies that contribute to driving people from their homes, also profit from policies to stop their flight. Read more in NORWEGIAN.
Not only the police know you have landed from London when you go through passport control at Oslo Airport. You become data in a giant European surveillance system meant to prevent terror and stop illegal immigration. Nobody knows if it works. Read more in NORWEGIAN.
The governments of Denmark and Norway are competing in making their public the most timid in Europe. In both countries the immigration debate has changed, slowly but surely, first in Denmark, then in Norway. It’s become poisonous. It is increasingly about identity – what it means to be Danish, what it means to be Norwegian – in contrast to “the others” who are not, even if they might be living in the country. Norway is lagging a bit. We have King Harald.