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.
Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Spain… and now France: over the last decade, many European Union member states have been subjected to profound labour law reforms. New laws were passed, allegedly, in the name of the fight against unemployment. But studies published since, including by the most liberal of institutions, are unanimous: their influence over a boost in employment has been minimal. The truth is, in fact, rather bruising: these new policies have resulted in soaring precariousness and a fall of wages.
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
The sharing economy creates a new group of vulnerable workers. Some of them are beginning to defend themselves.
In the gig economy, a new class of precarious workers is emerging. The first ones are now beginning to defend themselves. And unions enter unknown territory. Publication in GERMAN via Der Tagesspiegel.
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
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.
The educational system in Austria is strongly influenced by Microsoft. The Austrian state is as dependent on the corporation as many others in Europe. Read more in GERMAN via Austrian “Falter”.
Throughout Europe, from Finland to Portugal, from Ireland to Greece, the information technology (IT) of public administrations is based on Microsoft programs. Munich for the last decade was a poster child of the open source movement. But the pressure to return to the Monopolist is high…Read more in GERMAN.
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.
We, the reporters of Investigate Europe, recently published our first investigation. For it, we collaborated to interview over 200 experts, border guards, politicians, industrialists, and academics over the past months. Via the Global Investigate Journalists Network we gave a look behind-the-scenes of our transnational collaboration. Read the full text here.
InvestigateEurope live on air: German radio (WDR3) spoke with Harald Schumann about the work of our cross-border research team, the failure of media during the Euro-crisis and our first publication on the (dysfunctional) European border regime. The whole Interview (in German) can be found here: http://www1.wdr.de/mediathek/audio/wdr3/wdr3-kultur-am-mittag/audio-vereinigte-journalisten-von-europa-100.html
The European Union is planning comprehensive controls of its external borders. “Investigate Europe,” a team of journalists from eight countries, has uncovered: It is costing billions – but the only beneficiaries are the weapon and electronics industries. Read our main findings IN ENGLISH.
Last weekend Aftenposten, Bergens Tindende, Andresseavissen and Fædrelandsvennen published an article called “Boundless control”. It was the first in a series arising out of the new journalistic network Investigate Europe. Former Stavanger Aftenblad journalist Ingeborg Eliassen is the reporter behind the Norwegian cases and only Norwegian member of the network, which otherwise consists of journalists from Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Britain. Quote …
The project team “Investigate Europe” consists of nine European journalists. The team is committed to the study of topics important for Europe (…) “The strange story of a robot who catches refugees” can be read in the current issue of “Newsweek” and parts of the reports were also published via newsweek.pl. Polish member is Woijech Ciesla, investigative reporter at Newsweek Polska… Read more (in polish) via http://www.wirtualnemedia.pl/artykul/investigate-europe-9-dziennikarzy-bada-zagrozenia-na-granicach-ue-wsrod-nich-wojciech-ciesla-z-newsweek-polska …
“Nine journalists got together to reveal political scandals at the highest political level. The new project is coordinated by Elisa Simantke (former Tagesspiegel journalist) and Harald Schumann (still with Tagesspiegel)….” Continue reading (in german) via : http://www.turi2.de/aktuell/journalisten-starten-internationales-recherche-netzwerk-investigate-europe/