Does politics in Eastern Europe mean wide support for authoritarian parties and governments? Not if you take a look at recent developments. We challenge assumptions in our latest column about a ‘Summer of Democracy’ from which the rest of Europe could take some lessons on spirit and courage. Read more "Summer of democracy in Eastern Europe"
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. We look at why this interview is so important for all of us. Read more "The imposed silence"
The Portuguese journalist and writer Alexandra Lucas Coelho talks to Eduardo Viveiros de Castro. In this interview with Brazil’s famous anthropologist 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. Read more "Indigenous populations are better prepared than us for future catastrophes"
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. Read more "In a polarised world, journalists must hold on to their curiosity"
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. Read more "Legislation from closed chambers – how (un)democratic is the EU?"
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. Read more "Journalists and the “yellow vests”: a story of love and hate"