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.
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 defense and security industry have found a new, big market in an increasingly frightful Europe. Critics claim companies that contribute to driving people from their homes, also profit from policies to stop their flight. Read more in NORWEGIAN.
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
Industry lobby decides how external European borders are going to be outlined. That’s probably one of the reasons that the Polish Border Guard received unnecessary drones. We as Poles also have built a robot to catch refugees, which quickly had to be dismantled. Read more in POLISH.
Trapped between the pressure of rising anti-imigration political groups and the lobby power of security and defense companies, European Union has been putting together, in the last months, a new “border system” that raises criticism about its effect on individual rights and doesn´t proove its efficacy in assuring more protection to europeans. This is a story of a relevant policy shift still ongoing but scarcelly known to the public. Read more in PORTUGUESE.
Not only the police know you have landed from London when you go through passport control at Oslo Airport. You become data in a giant European surveillance system meant to prevent terror and stop illegal immigration. Nobody knows if it works. Read more in NORWEGIAN.
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.