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Latest Columns from the Investigate Europe Team

Our regular columns that take a Europe-wide angle

15 01, 2020

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.

17 12, 2019

Jailing of Assange: An attack on press freedom

Doctors and UN experts call for an end to the psychological torture of Julian Assange amid contrived espionage charges. What is happening to him is not only a terrible injustice, it’s a major threat to the freedom of the press and something all journalists should be concerned about. 

5 12, 2019

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.

21 11, 2019

Don’t speak out!

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.

Credit: IE/Alexia Barakou
22 10, 2019

The smart, the stupid and the gamblers

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). 

“Bucharest, Romania” by Michael Wong, available at his Flickr profile, licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0
19 08, 2019

Summer of democracy in Eastern Europe

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.

Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, photograph by Bruno Fuji
25 07, 2019

The imposed silence

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.

Credit: IE/Alexia Barakou
19 06, 2019

In a polarised world, journalists must hold on to their curiosity

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.

16 05, 2019

Legislation from closed chambers – how (un)democratic is the EU?

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.