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Latest Columns from the Investigate Europe Team

Our regular columns that take a Europe-wide angle

17 03, 2020

First Lesson of the Crisis: We are More Equal Than we Think

While the threat of Covid-19 has resulted in deserted streets in all the major European cities, the first signs of spring have seen people flocking to the beaches in Portugal and Greece, while in Norway this weekend people headed to their holiday cottages in the mountains. In this article Paulo Pena descries how these first weeks of isolation have shown us to be more equal than perhaps we'd like to think.

10 02, 2020

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.”

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.