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Brexit: The dream of British Conservatives is in trouble 

Friday 27 November 2020 | Aude Martin
| Alternatives Economiques

The handful of trade deals that the British government has so far concluded with non-EU countries will not fully compensate for the loss of the European market.


Online ads know you well 

Wednesday 25 November 2020 | Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

The online advertising system is based on the collection and sharing of user data, in an opaquely competitive market which rests mostly in a few powerful hands, including Google. Privacy and data protection are at issue, and Europe is debating what action should be taken.


Suspicious sports results? Mafia might have fixed them 

Wednesday 18 November 2020 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Organised crime groups make an estimated €120 million of profit a year from betting-related match-fixing in sports events. Not only football matches are fixed, but tennis results are also manipulated more and more. And sports mafia are no longer only corrupting players, but clubs too. 


Bucharest still has an AIDS problem 

Tuesday 17 November 2020 | Lorenzo Ferrari
| OBC Transeuropa

Contrary to the trend across Europe, the Romanian capital has seen a drastic increase in AIDS cases in the last decade. The crisis is fueled by the use of synthetic drugs and lack of harm reduction services


Family benefits in the EU 

Tuesday 17 November 2020 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Central and Eastern European member states need to bridge a huge gap in social spending, particularly in the area of family welfare payments. However, some of these countries already spend a relatively high share of social spending for family benefits.


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The K factor: why it matters where we are infected with the coronavirus 

Tuesday 17 November 2020 | Artur Galocha
Borja Andrino
Daniele Grasso
Kiko Llanneras
| Sonar Europe

A growing number of studies highlight the importance of clusters and superspreaders in the transmission of COVID-19. In order to fight the epidemic, we must have a better understanding of where outbreaks are happening and consider new ways of tracking cases.


Brexit: EU faces a losing dilemma 

Monday 09 November 2020 | Aude Martin
| Alternatives Economiques

With two months to go before the end of the transition period, the Brexit negotiations between London and Brussels are stuck. Aurélien Antoine, professor of public law at the University of Saint-Etienne and director of the Brexit Observatory, deciphers what is at stake in the coming weeks.


Plastic packaging: Europe faces a waste problem 

Friday 30 October 2020 | Antoine de Ravignan
| Alternatives Economiques

As a result of more stringent standards, recycling of plastic packaging is set to fall in the EU. Without better industrial capacity, the EU will not reach its 50% target in five years' time. And illegal exports are likely to increase.


Road traffic pollution costs billions in lost wellbeing in European cities 

Tuesday 27 October 2020 | Stefano Valentino
| MobileReporter
VoxEurop

Five years after the Dieselgate scandal, new research puts some figures on the social costs of vehicle emissions in over 400 European cities. It turns out that the annual damage to each city is worth €385 million on average.


Big Tech’s aggressive EU lobbying has caused a power shift 

Tuesday 20 October 2020 | Andreas Vou
| VoxEurop

The drastic increase of lobbying expenditure by Big Tech companies is denting Europe’s traditionally strict privacy laws and shifting more power into the hands of corporations. And the COVID-19 is playing in the latter's hand.