China uses its economic power to have foreign critics across Europe adhere to its political world view. Recent events in Germany shed a light on how the Chinese government silences critics of its policy of oppression.
We all have heard about troll farms. However, much of the reporting about bots and trolls is just speculation. To find out what is really involved, our reporter went undercover to work as a troll for six- months at a troll farm in Warsaw. This report gives insights about a commercial company that turned the spreading of hate and propaganda into their business model.
Emmanuel Macron faced hundreds of French diplomats just a few hours after his Biarritz G7 Summit ended. It was 11 o’clock at the Palais de l’Élysée when he started his speech at the ambassadors' conference (the meeting of all France’s diplomats that has been held annually since 1993).
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.
As this strange summer moves towards August, Investigate Europe has turned its attention to Brazil and a long-read in which Alexandra Lucas Coelho, a Portuguese writer interviews the Brazilian anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro. Paulo Pena, our Portuguese team-member, explains why this interview is so important for all of us.
Our lives change with every technological leap. As this happens, there are certain issues journalists, scientists and activists cannot touch without risking ridicule. One such topic is possible health risks from exposure to radiation from mobile technology. As 5G is being rolled out, yet another label is pinned on critics: They are communicating Russian propaganda. Ingeborg Eliassen argues that this makes it more important than ever for journalists to ask the difficult questions.
The leaders of the European Union guide democracy in name only. In practice, they constantly override it and violate fundamental democratic norms on a grand scale. The anti-democratic practices in the Council of the EU, also known as the Council of Ministers, are a real scandal. IE-member Harald Schumann is convinced: Anyone who follows the passage of legislation in the EU, and in particular the means by which monetary union is controlled, must come to this conclusion.
The Yellow Vests have dominated the headlines in France and internationally for a while now, challenging President Macron, but also the journalists who are covering the movement. We all have seen the images of violent protests, but who are the aggressors and who are the victims? Are we ourselves too fast to judge the protestors and their motives? French freelance journalist Jordan Pouille draws a more differentiated picture than you might expect.
A clichéd image of an old enemy is once again stalking Europe’s corridors of power: the yellow peril. According to briefings by ministerial and security sources, China’s communists want to use the network technology of the Huawei corporation to infiltrate European communication systems. Picture: "IT Security Schloss vor Crypto-Hintergrund - SW" by Christoph Scholz, available at his Flickr profile, licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0
Image: Le Petit Journal. Greece and Macedonia were pressured by the US, NATO and the EU to sign a deal that most people in both countries reject. And yet, according to the narrative adopted by western media it was solely Russia who “meddled”, “orchestrated”, “agressed”. Evidence on the ground shows a much more mixed and disturbing reality.