Data news


In Europe, speaking more than one language is still a privilege 

Monday 30 December 2019 | Jacopo Ottaviani
| Internazionale

Multilingualism is one of the founding principles of the European Union, but only one in five Europeans can speak two languages other than their own – even though the picture is improving. What really makes the difference is the effectiveness of language teaching and exposure to foreign languages.


How the European Rail Traffic Management System works (and why it's not working) 

Monday 30 December 2019 | Nikos Morfonios
| MIIR

In order to increase security, capacity and competitiveness of European railways, the European Commission is encouraging the adoption of a common railway signage system throughout the entire EU, which is called ERTMS. Its implementation is much more expensive and slow than anticipated however.


How the Greek policy on migration is changing 

Friday 27 December 2019 | Eleni Stamatoukou
| OBC Transeuropa

Greece has a new center-right government since summer 2019. Its approach to migration differs sharply from its predecessor’s, as more controls and constraints are imposed on asylum seekers. The government claims that the system will become more efficient, but some organisations are unconvinced. 


The problem with refugee camps in Greece  in depth

Friday 27 December 2019 | Eleni Stamatoukou
| OBC Transeuropa

While it may seem that the refugee-migration crisis is over, more than 100,000 migrants and refugees are still present in Greece. Many of them live in refugee camps, which are not appropriate accommodation solutions because of their location in faraway, poorly connected areas. 


Italy: doing politics with politicians’ money 

Friday 27 December 2019 | Gianluca De Feo
Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

After the abolition of direct public funding of politics in 2013, Italy intended to increase private donations. However, the numbers tell a different story: little funding comes from “big donors”, while a lot comes from elected representatives. Meanwhile, the absence of direct public funding in Italy remains a European anomaly.


Child migration is on the rise in the EU 

Monday 23 December 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

The number of individuals under 19 living in EU member states other than their place of birth has risen by nearly half a million in the past five years. Overall, they account for 7 per cent of all minors in the EU: most of them come Asia and the Middle East, but inter-EU migrations are also strong.


The migrant emergency and Ventimiglia 

Monday 23 December 2019 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

Ventimiglia has become a symbol of all the contradictions that migration towards the European Union has brought to light. Through an analysis of local media, an overview of the situation.


Here's why Poles don't use trains much  Large investigation

Friday 20 December 2019 | Jarosław Kopeć
| BiQdata

Political decisions, wrong investments and increasing competition from buses resulted in longer and longer train travel times, and to a shrinking service. Train transport remains popular, but it has to be made more efficient.


Poland has a new train schedule. But problems are far from over  Large investigation in depth

Friday 20 December 2019 | Jarosław Kopeć
| BiQdata

As the Polish government claims to fight against transport exclusion, trains are coming back to some routes that were not operated anymore. The merits and impact of these changes are not clear-cut though, as much larger investments would be needed to rescue local lines.


Europeans are getting heavier 

Wednesday 18 December 2019 | BiQdata

Europeans are getting heavier. One in three 30-year-olds weighs more than they should, and a full half of 40-year-olds are overweight. Only 44 per cent of people do some form of exercise at least once a week.