"Populists, demagogues and liars know how to talk about people's concerns" At 76, Lech Wałęsa says he is still a ‘revolutionary.’ Forty years after creating Solidarity, which played a decisive role in the fall of the Berlin Wall, he is critical of the lack of change. In an interview in Gdańsk Poland, Wałęsa tells Investigate Europe: "I don't like what I see.”
When newspapers and television stations report on EU legislation, it is usually about debates in the European Parliament or the summits of Heads of State and Government. Sometimes the media also mention that the responsible ministers from the EU Member States must somehow reach an agreement before a draft law can become EU-wide law.
China uses its economic power to have foreign critics across Europe adhere to its political world view. Recent events in Germany shed a light on how the Chinese government silences critics of its policy of oppression.
We all have heard about troll farms. However, much of the reporting about bots and trolls is just speculation. To find out what is really involved, our reporter went undercover to work as a troll for six- months at a troll farm in Warsaw. This report gives insights about a commercial company that turned the spreading of hate and propaganda into their business model.
Emmanuel Macron faced hundreds of French diplomats just a few hours after his Biarritz G7 Summit ended. It was 11 o’clock at the Palais de l’Élysée when he started his speech at the ambassadors' conference (the meeting of all France’s diplomats that has been held annually since 1993).
What comes to mind with thinking about politics in Eastern Europe: Wide support for authoritarian parties and governments? Not if you take a look at recent developments. IE-member Harald Schumann invites you to challenge these assumptions in our latest column about this "Summer of Democracy" from which the rest of Europe could take some lessons on spirit and courage.
As this strange summer moves towards August, Investigate Europe has turned its attention to Brazil and a long-read in which Alexandra Lucas Coelho, a Portuguese writer interviews the Brazilian anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro. Paulo Pena, our Portuguese team-member, explains why this interview is so important for all of us.
The leaders of the European Union guide democracy in name only. In practice, they constantly override it and violate fundamental democratic norms on a grand scale. The anti-democratic practices in the Council of the EU, also known as the Council of Ministers, are a real scandal. IE-member Harald Schumann is convinced: Anyone who follows the passage of legislation in the EU, and in particular the means by which monetary union is controlled, must come to this conclusion.