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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.


These six graphs show how affordable and fast trains in Europe are  Large investigation

Wednesday 18 December 2019 | Journalism++

Where in Europe is taking the train fast and affordable, and where is it not? The European Data Journalism Network has gathered data on train journeys from 28 booking websites across Europe, collecting more than 8,000 single journey ticket prices and travel times for 73 sample routes. 


What about the security of security guards? 

Monday 16 December 2019 | Ana Kuzmanić
Ivana Perić
| H-Alter

Security guards in Croatia suffer from harsh working conditions: extremely long work shifts, poor equipment, minimum salary. They are overburned and cannot have a proper private life, but they have little alternatives. Yet security business is flourishing in Europe, and companies make millions of revenues.


The mystery of the Easter Island statues and choosing the best telephone plan 

Saturday 14 December 2019 | BiQdata

The OECD has just published the results of the PISA test – the world’s biggest class exam, which its representatives conducted in 2018. On one day, in 79 countries, 600,000 school pupils, representing 32 million of their peers, tackled the two-hour-long test.


Thousands of children go missing in Europe every year   in depth

Friday 13 December 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Various forms of abuse, violence, neglect, family disputes, and poverty all account for the over one thousand children going missing every year in Europe. A new development is the increasing number of who disappear down migration paths. There is no precise data available, but one NGO, Missing Children Europe 2014, has collected and compiled the available figures from European countries’ designated hotlines. 


Hungarians are more dissatisfied with their lives than EU citizens in general  in depth

Friday 13 December 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

An interesting survey result was published by the European Union: it gauged the life satisfaction of Europeans, and how this measures up with their overall happiness. The survey results show some improvement as they are better than last year’s. Yet Hungarians continue to lag behind, as we are shown to be far less happy than the average European.


More than 100 million people in the EU are poor 

Friday 13 December 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Poverty in the EU is falling, but not at the expected rate. One in five Europeans remain at risk of poverty or social exclusion. While the situation in Hungary is better than the EU average, it fares the worst among the Visegrad countries.