What we do

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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The forgotten people of Sea Watch 3

At the end of June, more than 40 refugees on board the Sea Watch 3 reached the Italian coast. The German government committed to take in a large number of the refugees. But the eleven that were assigned to Germany are still waiting for the transfer. An Italian-German investigation by Investigate Europe has found the refugees – including a pregnant woman – are being kept under inhumane conditions.

Read their article: The forgotten people of Sea Watch 3

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Don’t speak out!

Part of our investigation on Chinese investors in Europe looked at how China is silencing critics of its human rights violations (labelled as “internal affairs”) through economic and political pressure – even in Europe.

IE member Nico Schmidt documented how politicians get unpleasant visits, how minorities are spied on and how CEOs of global companies have to bow to pressure.

Read his article: Don’t speak out!

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Inside a Troll Farm

Credits: Alexia Barakou / IE

For the past six-months young Polish journalist, Katarszyna Pruszkiewicz, joined our investigation on disinformation and worked – with the support of IE member Wojtek Ciesla and his Polish journalism NGO Fundacja Reporterow – undercover for a commercial troll farm in Warsaw.

Together with her troll-colleagues she has managed almost 200 fake accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, has written thousands of messages and comments, promoted her clients’ products and trolled their competitors, run hidden support campaigns for, and smear campaigns against, politicians.


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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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Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, photograph by Bruno Fuji

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.


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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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