Research has revealed that Greece is one of a handful of smaller EU member states blocking a proposed directive in the Council of the EU. The Greek government denied this, but a breakthrough may be in sight. Read more "Greece has been blocking an EU law promoting gender balance – is this about to change?"
In January 2021, Portugal took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU from Germany. Prime Minister António Costa is no stranger to the world of European diplomacy, but the six months ahead pose a difficult challenge: uniting a divided Europe. Read more "Putting the puzzle together: Portugal’s Council presidency"
Unsubstantiated claims that connect the new mobile technology to the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic have led people to destroy 5G masts in several countries. Such actions overshadow concerns about health effects of the technology that are real and legitimate. Read more "Real 5G issues overshadowed by Covid-19 conspiracy theories"
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"