What we do

We, nine experienced journalists from eight European countries, are “Investigate Europe”. We research as a multinational team. We share, merge and crosscheck facts – tackling the usual national bias. We point out responsible transnational structures and actors in issues of European-wide relevance to make it possible to hold them accountable.

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Secrets of the Council

The bulk of the European Union’s legislation takes place behind closed doors. European citizens never find out exactly who are the people negotiating the paragraphs of hundreds of laws that govern all our lives every year, and who has taken which position. The national Governments of the 27 EU Member States control the central legislative body of the EU – the Council of the European Union. There, in more than 150 committees, officials negotiate and barter.

Investigate Europe team will follow the Council’s proceedings and – whenever possible – reporting on which government is blocking or watering down legislative proposals, and with whom it is in league.


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China eyes Norway as first port of call in Europe on ‘Arctic Silk Road’

What do you get if you mix a fervent mayor, a shipping pioneer, a melting Arctic, China’s interests and the world’s third largest container company? Plans for an “Arctic Rotterdam” in Kirkenes, northern Norway.

IE’s Ingeborg Eliassen travelled north to find out more.


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Minor Migrants: Detained in Europe’s prisons

European society has been swift to condemn President Trump’s appalling imprisonment of minor migrants fleeing conflict and poverty in Latin America. But with children making up a third of the refugees and migrants coming to Europe, is Europe’s record really any better?

European countries are not allowed to imprison children under the age of 13. This age limit, however, does not apply to children seeking asylum. As a result, children are being detained in guarded centres – often behind barbed wire and prison bars – in almost all European countries.

Read the article: Minor Migrants: Detained in Europe’s prisons

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China: Rescuer or Rival

Credits: Art Direction & Motion Graphics Design: Alexia Barakou Sound design: Panagiotis Papagiannopoulos & Alexis Koukias-Pantelis Narration: Pavlos Zafiropoulos

The rise of China to an economic superpower poses a strategic dilemma for European governments. The 1.4 billion-people empire in the Far East has become an indispensable part of its economy, as a sales market as well as investor. But with an increasingly bitter trade war between the US and China, Europe is finding itself caught in the middle without a clear and united policy on how it deals with Chinese investment.

As Chinese globalisation continues apace, IE asks, is this good for Europe or does it come at too high a price?

IE reporters travelled Europe from Portugal up to the nordic outskirts of Norwegian Kirkenes and found answers that might contradict a few of your expectations.

Stay tuned for publications from all over Europe in the coming weeks.


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The disinformation machine

Credits: Art Direction & Motion Graphics Design: Alexia Barakou Sound design: Panagiotis Papagiannopoulos & Alexis Koukias-Pantelis Narration: Pavlos Zafiropoulos

Right-wing populists dominate the political discourse on social media platforms in Europe far more than their voter share would suggest.

Digital platforms allow minor (and often malevolent) actors and political fringe groups to have access to a far-reaching medium that can be used to proliferate disinformation and stir resentments of all kind, and there are plausible arguments to link the rise of the Neo-nationalists in the US and across Europe with this new phenomenon.

The Investigate Europe team of journalists has spoken to more than 100 experts, scientists, politicians and social media platform staff to find out how the disinformation engine works, who controls it, who uses it and how public authorities and companies react to it. The result: Europe is not sufficiently prepared to stop the disinformation machine.


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Jailing of Assange: An attack on press freedom

Credit: Centre for Investigative Journalism, taken at the 2010 Summer Conference, London

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.


In this summer of racist comments, claims and actions, Investigate Europe would like to turn your attention to Brazil and an exclusive long-read in which Alexandra Lucas Coelho, a Portuguese journalist and writer interviews the Brazilian anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro.

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.

There is a lot we Europeans can learn.


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National stories, continental impact

Media often report on issues in other European countries with a certain national bias. This column aims to challenge and add nuance to stereotypes and to put facts in a European context.

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