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The number of workers at risk of in-work poverty increases by 12% in the European Union 

Tuesday 23 March 2021 | Naïri Nahapétian
| Alternatives Economiques

The number of workers at risk of in-work poverty has increased in 16 countries in the European Union. In response to this, the European Trade Union Confederation is calling for the European Commission’s Minimum Wage directive to prohibit the setting of such wages below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold.


Covid vaccines: The patent taboo in Europe 

Monday 22 March 2021 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop

The EU’s vaccine distribution delays could be solved through voluntary collaborations established by pharmaceutical giants. However, civil society and several EU countries are calling for the liberalization of patents, to be able to independently produce doses and ensure vaccine coverage for the largest possible number of people. The second part of Stefano Valentino’s report on the monopolistic practices of pharmaceutical companies.


Getting rid of cash payments: who benefits? 

Monday 22 March 2021 | Laurence D'Hondt
| Alternatives Economiques

When it was rumoured that banknotes could be spreading the coronavirus, banks that teamed up with card networks rubbed their hands with glee. Mastercard, Visa or the Internet giants like Google Pay or Apple Pay saw a unique opportunity to convince consumers to use their technology. Overnight, merchants in most European countries allowed card purchases for amounts that were sometimes less than one euro, with lower transaction fees, while supermarkets encouraged customers to pay for their groceries through contactless payment.


Covid Vaccines: the cost of delays 

Friday 19 March 2021 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop
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The European Union shifts between defending citizens’ health and defending pharmaceutical industry monopoly by opposing the liberalization of vaccine production. This might only delay achieving the immunisation necessary for economic recovery. We delve into this issue in a three-part investigation.


Food alerts in Europe: from Polish chickens to Indian sesame seeds 

Tuesday 16 March 2021 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

Last year, more than half of the alerts issued by the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed concerned products from non-EU countries. If these countries are unable to adapt their production chains to EU food safety regulations over the next few years, the risks to European citizens will continue to grow.


Pay up or put it off: how Europe treats depression and anxiety  Large investigation

Tuesday 09 March 2021 | Ángela Bernardo
María Álvarez Del Vayo
Carmen Torrecillas
Antonio Hernández
| Civio

In many European countries, the availability of psychological treatment in the public healthcare system is inadequate or even non-existent. Barriers such as long waiting lists, co-payments and inadequate resources push people with anxiety or depression – those who can afford it – to the private system.


Gender gap in politics: a multi-speed Europe 

Monday 08 March 2021 | Daniele Ruzza
| VoxEurop

Women are progressively more represented in parliaments across Europe. But, while some countries boast very diverse parliaments, others are still dominated by men.


The lobbyists behind EU response to migration 

Friday 05 March 2021 | Emanuela Barbiroglio
| VoxEurop

A “fortress Europe” is being built thanks to a massive deployment of resources. The result is that the border agency Frontex embraced corporate interests rather than human rights, a new report from Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) shows.


COVID-19 vaccines: here's who is producing them in Europe, and where 

Friday 05 March 2021 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop

Pharmaceutical giants producing COVID-19 vaccines are open to collaboration with third parties, as long as they retain control on vaccine licenses and profits. EU member states complain about supply shortages, but fail to question the power of Big Pharma.


A Grand Tour of global warming in south-east Europe 

Wednesday 03 March 2021 | Antoine Laurent
| OBC Transeuropa

Drawing inspiration from the long voyages taken by well-off European youths in centuries past, OBC Transeuropa takes us on a tour of global warming hotspots in south-east Europe.