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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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BLOG: How Portugal manages to square the circle

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Jeronimo de Sousa (Communist Party), Antonio Costa (Socialist, Primeminister) and Catarina Martins (Bloquo Esquerda) // Source: Geringonça

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?

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Uncounted: Invisible Deaths on Europe’s Borders

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One section of the cemetery in Castellammare del Golfo in Sicily has been reserved for drowned migrants. Just a few of them have names on them. Credit: Ingeborg Eliassen

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.

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How the EU cosied up to the defence lobby

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Flags in front of the EU commission in Brussels Photo: Alvaro Millan/flickr

Consultants who advise the European Commission (EC) on its security policies have also been working for companies that win related research projects, funded by the European Union, raising concerns about conflict of interest. IN ENGLISH

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