Italy is the EU laggard in terms of productivity, but at the same time it retains a strong performance in manufacturing, registering the third best trade surplus in Europe. How can this paradox be explained? What are the roots of these problems and where is the potency of the country concentrated? Italian journalist Maria Maggiore of Investigate Europe gives her vision of the Bel Paese.
Ten years of labor market reforms have failed to bring prosperity and economic growth in Europe. What was wrong, which promises were not kept? Investigate Europe has investigated the consequences of labor deregulation in eight European countries, telling stories of precariousness: involuntary part-time work in Germany; poor workers in France; Greek doctors leaving Greece to go enrich German hospitals; the new resistance of Foodora cyclists.
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.
Investigate Europe spoke to Pier Carlo Padoan before the German elections. But the message of urgency conveyed here by the Italian Finance minister is even more topical now. Padoan, a full blown Europhile and admirer of German reforms, urges Berlin to accept the Italian proposals for “risk sharing” among Eurozone members because “time is running out for Europe”.
“Time is running out” for Europe, warns Italy’s Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan. Italy has done its homework, he says, calling on Germany to show faith and share risk to save the European project from a populist right.
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.
In an interview with Investigate Europe journalists Maria Maggiore and Harald Schumann, two Director-Generals of the European Commission, Roberto Viola (DG CONNECT) and Gertrud Ingestad (DG DIGIT), discuss the Commission’s policy on the use of proprietary vs open source software.
General Camillo Sileo explains why the Italian army decided to migrate to open source and how it’s done.
Flavia Marzano is a member of the City Council of Rome and explains, why a public administration “can’t accept to be blackmailed” by one major vendor.
Microsoft seemed to be left behind by the big champions of Silicon Valley, Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, that punctuate our days with smart-phones, tablets, supercomputers. But first impressions can be misleading. Microsoft is very present, it occupies a monopolist position as a public supplier. Europe is totally dependent on this single corporation, though reasonable alternatives exist. Read more in ITALIAN via Il fatto quotidiano (free / Part I and …
Leading Russian security software company Kaspersky is drafting an official anti-trust behavior complaint to submit to the European Commission. At least three security software companies “met several times” with the EU’s Competition Commission (DG Comp) to complain about Microsoft “crashing” competition.
The Security issue is the only one on which today all European countries agree. People ask for more security and politicians give it to them. Its a toxic mix: security, immigration and terrorism are competing in transforming our continent into a fortress ready to fight against the enemy. But do militarization and more security measures really help to manage migration flows, to reduce illegal immigration and human trafficking? Read more in ITALIAN.
Italians will soon have to make a difficult decision in a crucial referendum, the consequences of which risk changing the face of Italy and Europe. Its a choice between bad and worse, because populism in on the rise.