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.
Civil Liberties Under Threat From ‘Covtech’ Surveillance Apps
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?
Facebook and Instagram Have a Serious Coronavirus Problem
Despite having announced a ban on such content weeks ago, ads for masks and other medical supplies continue to circulate widely on Facebook and Instagram, raising questions about the platforms’ ability or willingness to protect the public from fraudsters and profiteers in the midst of a pandemic.
Special Report: Covid-19
In light of the crisis sweeping Europe our team has decided to use our position as a cross-border team to look at the political landscape and the different national strategies being followed. At a time when Europe should unite and follow best practice, we will examine the dangerous impact of national governments taking contradictory and individualist measures.
Europe’s failure to cooperate on Covid-19 is a universal problem
“Cooperation is essential,” warn the experts. Yet across Europe countries have adopted contradictory strategies to combat Covid-19, taking individualised approaches to testing, preventing contagion and managing medical supplies. We examine the dire impact of contradictory and protectionist measures being implemented by Europe’s governments.
Europe Divided Over ‘Coronabonds’
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 are not taking options off the table, as we cannot let this health crisis morph into a deep and protracted economic and financial crisis.”
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
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.