We, nine experienced journalists from eight European countries, are “Investigate Europe”. We research as a multinational team. We share, merge and crosscheck facts – tackling the usual national bias. We point out responsible transnational structures and actors in issues of European-wide relevance to make it possible to hold them accountable.
Europe is about to go through a giant technological transformation, one that will bring us “smart homes”, “smart cities” and the much-hyped “internet of things”.
The vehicle for this transformation is 5G, the fifth-generation mobile service. 5G will allow countless appliances and everyday objects to be connected to the internet at all times. It will bring driverless cars, hologram images instead of video, smart fridges, nappies, washing machines, electricity circuits, coffee machines, your blood sugar, your medicine intake…
Big haulage companies exploit drivers from low-wage countries as a business model, often with severe consequences for those behind the wheel.
In a process known as social dumping, companies employ migrant workers paying them at a level far below the accepted rate for drivers in the countries they’re working. The European Union has so far allowed this to take place, condoning, in fact, some of the worst practices in the road transport industry.
Investigate Europe looks at how a foreseen loophole in the collection of passenger flight details – exempting private jets – could facilitate criminal activity.
We investigate how lobbying by companies providing private jets, as well as tourist flights, succeeded in preventing their passengers’ data being subject to the same regulations as passengers on other flights.
Experts from different countries sound the alarm on the growing market of “fly fast” flights, which can be used for drugs, human trafficking and terrorist movement towards and inside Europe.
There’s a good chance you have never heard of BlackRock.
In less than 30 years, this American financial firm has grown from nothing to becoming the world’s largest and most trusted manager of other people’s money. The assets left in their care are worth a staggering 6.3 trillion US dollars – a figure with 12 zeroes.
How much and where does BlackRock invest in Europe?
How does this enormous financial power exert its influence and to what consequences for European companies and their employees?
And will BlackRock’s recently-announced social expectations – from companies it invests in – help make the business world a better place?