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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.

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Lech Wałęsa: How to deal with populism

“Populists, demagogues and liars know how to talk about people’s concerns” At 76, Lech Wałęsa says he is still a ‘revolutionary.’ Forty years after creating Solidarity, which played a decisive role in the fall of the Berlin Wall, he is critical of the lack of change. In an interview in Gdańsk Poland, Wałęsa tells Investigate Europe: “I don’t like what I see.”

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Europe’s new refugee regime: Pushing external borders to the limit

The task of receiving refugees has largely been left to Greece. While asylum centres in northern Europe shut down, 40,000 children and adults remain crammed into refugee camps on Greek Islands in unsanitary and dangerous conditions. Without a collective approach this winter, there are warnings that the entire system may collapse.

Ingeborg Eliassen and Stavros Malichudis report.

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Minor Migrants: Detained in Europe’s prisons

European society has been swift to condemn President Trump’s appalling imprisonment of minor migrants fleeing conflict and poverty in Latin America. But with children making up a third of the refugees and migrants coming to Europe, is Europe’s record really any better?

European countries are not allowed to imprison children under the age of 13. This age limit, however, does not apply to children seeking asylum. As a result, children are being detained in guarded centres – often behind barbed wire and prison bars – in almost all European countries.

Read the article: Minor Migrants: Detained in Europe’s prisons

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China: Rescuer or Rival

Credits: Art Direction & Motion Graphics Design: Alexia Barakou Sound design: Panagiotis Papagiannopoulos & Alexis Koukias-Pantelis Narration: Pavlos Zafiropoulos

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.

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The disinformation machine

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.

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Secrets Of The Council

When newspapers and television stations report on EU legislation, it is usually about debates in the European Parliament or the summits of Heads of State and Government. Sometimes the media also mention that the responsible ministers from the EU Member States must somehow reach an agreement before a draft law can become EU-wide law.

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National stories, continental impact

Media often report on issues in other European countries with a certain national bias. This column aims to challenge and add nuance to stereotypes and to put facts in a European context.

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