The SPD chancellor candidate is supposed to bring new momentum into German politics. But his actions as the president of the European Parliament raises doubts.
Portugal used to be the former poster child of the EU crisis countries. Now it has a new left government which opposes austerity – and became a role model for European socialists. How did this happen?
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.
Danish and Polish reporters just broke the same story – on misuse of EU funds by right-wing MEPs. It caused a scandal in Denmark, but nothing in Poland. How come?
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.
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.
From the Commission’s spokesperson to the president of Eurogroup himself, a crowd of EU officials have been trying to block Greek judges from doing their jobs. As for the new privatization fund, board members and experts, from top to bottom, can commit crimes as they please: By law, no judge can investigate them, no court can try them.
One of the most influential German newspapers reported many wrong facts in just one piece about Portugal’s and Spain’s economic situation. In Europe today, too many things are at stake to ignore such distortion of reality.
Throughout history, Poles have known migration. In recent history, they were refugees themselves. Poles were less islamophobic than other Europeans for a long time after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. But last year they elected a government that closes its doors on refugees, Muslims in particular, and which rejects a common European relocation system for people in need.
What happened to Polish generosity?
It happened in Ballyhea, a small Irish village in the countryside on the way from Limerick to Cork, where my bias was challenged by a most unexpected encounter.