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.
Credits: Alexia Barakou/Investigate Europe
The rise of China to an economic superpower poses a strategic dilemma for European governments. The 1.4 billion-people empire in the Far East has become an indispensable part of its economy, as a sales market as well as investor. But with an increasingly bitter trade war between the US and China, Europe is finding itself caught in the middle without a clear and united policy on how it deals with Chinese investment.
As Chinese globalisation continues apace, IE asks, is this good for Europe or does it come at too high a price?
IE reporters travelled Europe from Portugal up to the nordic outskirts of Norwegian Kirkenes and found answers that might contradict a few of your expectations.
Stay tuned for publications from all over Europe in the coming weeks.
What comes to mind with thinking about politics in Eastern Europe: Wide support for authoritarian parties and governments?
Not if you take a look at recent developments. IE-member Harald Schumann invites you to challenge these assumptions in our latest column about this “Summer of Democracy” from which the rest of Europe could take some lessons on spirit and courage.
Credits: Art Direction & Motion Graphics Design: Alexia Barakou Sound design: Panagiotis Papagiannopoulos & Alexis Koukias-Pantelis Narration: Pavlos Zafiropoulos
Right-wing populists dominate the political discourse on social media platforms in Europe far more than their voter share would suggest.
Digital platforms allow minor (and often malevolent) actors and political fringe groups to have access to a far-reaching medium that can be used to proliferate disinformation and stir resentments of all kind, and there are plausible arguments to link the rise of the Neo-nationalists in the US and across Europe with this new phenomenon.
The Investigate Europe team of journalists has spoken to more than 100 experts, scientists, politicians and social media platform staff to find out how the disinformation engine works, who controls it, who uses it and how public authorities and companies react to it. The result: Europe is not sufficiently prepared to stop the disinformation machine.
Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, photograph by Bruno Fuji
In this summer of racist comments, claims and actions, Investigate Europe would like to turn your attention to Brazil and an exclusive long-read in which Alexandra Lucas Coelho, a Portuguese journalist and writer interviews the Brazilian anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro.
Viveiros de Castro discusses Bolsonaro’s cruelties in Brazil, the strength of the indigenous populations and what Europe’s colonialist perspective on the past has to do with all of it.
There is a lot we Europeans can learn.