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.
Scroll down for news and analysis of the Covid 19 crisis.
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.
Read the full story by Thodoris Chondrogiannos and Nikolas Leontopoulos / Investigate Europe
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?
Read the full story by Maria Maggiore
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.”
Read the full story by Paulo Pena, Harald Schumann and Jef Poortmans
Interactive Graph: Covid 19 in Europe
Click here for Investigate Europe’s graph based on hourly updated data from Johns Hopkins University.
We compiled the data of all EEA states for one common ‘Europe’ chart to show the situation we face together. But you can also chose to single out and compare the situation of different countries. One page shows deaths from Covid 19 – a country appears when it has recorded ten deaths. The next page shows confirmed cases of the virus.
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.
Read the full story by Paulo Pena
First Lesson of the Crisis: We Are More Equal Than We Think
While the threat of Covid-19 has resulted in deserted streets in all the major European cities, the first signs of spring have seen people flocking to the beaches in Portugal and Greece, while in Norway this weekend people headed to their holiday cottages in the mountains. In this article Paulo Pena descries how these first weeks of isolation have shown us to be more equal than perhaps we’d like to think.
Read the full report from Paulo Pena.