Author: Elisa Simantke

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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Basta! (France) | Social hold-up: How European labour laws were dismantled at no benefit to us

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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.

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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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WDR3: “The United Journalists of Europe”

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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

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Journalisten.no: “Fritt Ord-supported network on Europe journalism behind story on European external borders”

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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 …

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Wirtualnemedia: “Nine journalists investigate the borders of Europe”

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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 …

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Turi 2 : “Journalists start international research-network”

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“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/

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