Adverts and sponsored posts for face masks and other medical supplies continue to circulate on Facebook and Instagram, despite efforts to crack down on profiteers and fraudsters who are exploiting the sky-rocketing demand created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more "Facebook and Instagram have a serious Coronavirus problem"
The race is on to create an app that uses smart phones to help the authorities track and prevent the spread of the Covid-19. But could such apps cause a contagion of overruled civil liberties and allow private companies to abuse our most personal data? Read more "Civil liberties under threat from ‘covtech’ surveillance apps"
The debate over Europe’s collective future has reached a critical level. Three countries oppose 'coronabonds', while thirteen see them as essential. The Eurogroup’s President told Investigate Europe: “We cannot let this health crisis morph into a deep and protracted economic and financial crisis.” Read more "Europe divided over ‘Coronabonds’"
The national Governments of the 27 EU Member States control the central legislative body of the EU – the Council of the European Union. In more than 150 committees, officials negotiate and barter. European citizens never find out exactly who negotiates the paragraphs of hundreds of laws that govern our lives. Investigate Europe will follow Council proceedings and – whenever possible – report on which government is blocking or watering down legislative proposals, and with whom it is in league. Read more "Unblocking Portugal – the secret votes behind corporate tax transparency"
“Cooperation is essential,” warn the experts. Yet across Europe, countries have adopted contradictory strategies to combat Covid-19. We examine the dire impact of taking individualised approaches to testing, preventing contagion and managing medical supplies. Read more "Europe’s failure to cooperate on Covid-19 is a universal problem"
Covid-19 has resulted in deserted streets in all major European cities, but the first signs of Spring saw people flock to beaches in Portugal and Greece, and to their mountain holiday cottages in Norway. Perhaps these first weeks of isolation reveal us as more equal than perhaps we'd like to think? Read more "First lesson of the crisis: We are more equal than we think"