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.
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 consortiums led by the Portuguese company Tekever, the Portuguese Air Force and Italian Leonardo won the largest European public drone tender. Unmanned aerial vehicles will, for the first time, fly over migratory routes in the Mediterranean
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.
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.
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?
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.
EU uses warships against smuggling networks that put fragile rubber boats on the Mediterranean. But on the boats are only the desperate. The smugglers are on shore. Read our story on “Operation Sophia” – published in Norway and Portugal – IN ENGLISH.
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.
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