In depth


2019: escape from the Balkans

Monday 25 November 2019 | Francesca Rolandi
Christian Elia
| OBC Transeuropa

A growing phenomenon with worrying implications: the flight of workers, skilled or otherwise, from former Yugoslavia. A look at the data and political responses.


The Irish Sea, a new frontier

Friday 15 November 2019 | Aude Martin
| Alternatives Economiques

The introduction of customs and regulatory controls in the Irish Sea, provided for in the latest UK withdrawal agreement, would make Northern Ireland a very special economic area.


The mirage of cheaper labor

Wednesday 13 November 2019 | Marc Chevallier
| Alternatives Economiques

In their quest for competitiveness many countries are fixated on cutting the cost of labor, in particular by reducing social-insurance contributions. But it that the right solution?


Dark patterns: born to mislead

Wednesday 13 November 2019 | Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

Digital platforms often trick users into giving up their personal data or buying particular products. These “dark patterns” go against European legislation, but authorities are struggling to combat them.


Visegrad 4 and the rule of law: Why always me?

Tuesday 05 November 2019 | Alexander Damiano Ricci
| VoxEurop

The World Bank’s worldwide governance indicators provide useful data about the evolution of the perceptions within EU countries as to how much agents abide by the rule of law. Based on this data source, Southern European countries appear more problematic than Visegrad ones.


Italy says no to the largest protected area in the Mediterranean

Monday 04 November 2019 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop
MobileReporter

A ban on trawling in reproduction areas brings fish stocks back to healthy levels. However, the Italian government is holding back impact assessments, forcing the European Commission to remove restrictions in the Strait of Otranto from the current Mediterranean plan. 


SUVs: climate folly

Thursday 31 October 2019 | Justin Delépine
| Alternatives Economiques

Heavy and polluting urban SUVs now represent 40% of new car sales worldwide.


Everything you ever wanted to know about EU infringement procedures

Thursday 24 October 2019 | Daniele De Bernardin
| Openpolis

InfringEye is a data-driven tool developed by EDJNet, making it easier for journalists and citizens to understand the EU's infringement mechanisms, and to monitor past and ongoing procedures. Here are some of the main findings.


The risks posed by 5-G driven smart cities

Sunday 13 October 2019 | Andreas Vou
| VoxEurop

The 5G networks that are being deployed all around Europe can provide inhabitants of cities with sustainable living, reduced traffic and stringent security, but the technology can also determine a slippery slope towards mass surveillance.


Beware the no-deal!

Monday 07 October 2019 | Aude Martin
| Alternatives Economiques

The undoing of decades of UK-EU integration will mean huge economic disruption on both sides. The exit from the single market could mean a rise in tariffs of 4 to 5 per cent for the goods sold in Britain, and a drop of 7 per cent of British exports.