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Waiting for the new European Parliament 

Sunday 30 June 2019 | Gina Pavone
| OBC Transeuropa

What is being said about the newly-elected members of the European institutions, and in what terms? Do specific emotions tend to predominate? What are the emerging issues? A textual analysis of 18,000 tweets posted after the 2019 European elections provides a bird’s-eye view of the political landscape.


If not Oxford, then what? How much it costs to study abroad (and what will happen after Brexit)  in depth

Wednesday 26 June 2019 | BiQdata

Final exams are almost done. If you’re thinking about studying abroad, see where in Europe universities are free and what types of scholarships are available to students.


Italy: the game begins  in depth

Friday 21 June 2019 | Guillaume Duval
| Alternatives Economiques

On 5 June the European Commission cleared the way for an excessive deficit procedure against Italy. This could lead to a fine of several billion euro being imposed on Italy. Above all, this new showdown risks restarting the general eurozone crisis just as Europe’s economy is slowing sharply. A slowdown which is partly caused by the vulnerability of Germany, Europe’s flagship economy, to the China-USA trade war and its dampening effect on the world economy.


Cities slow to respond to challenges posed by climate change  Large investigation

Friday 21 June 2019 | Nicolas Kayser-Bril
| VoxEurop

An update on the temperature data from 558 cities and their surroundings in Europe shows that 2018 was the warmest year since 1900 in 203 cities. Local response to the climate breakdown varies widely, according to a survey of a 61 local authorities in six countries by the European Data Journalism Network.


Social media advertising: more than half a million euro spent on the European elections 

Thursday 20 June 2019 | Openpolis

Parties and candidates are spending increasing amounts on online political advertising. The situation can no longer be ignored, but the Parliament is yet to intervene.


How much did the European institutions and parties pay for ads on Facebook? 

Monday 17 June 2019 | Lorenzo Ferrari
Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

During last month’s European election campaign, the EU institutions and European political parties spent almost four million euro on paid Facebook posts. Data published by Facebook reveals how much was spent in each country, and who spent the most.


Political advertising on Facebook in South-East Europe 

Monday 17 June 2019 | Lorenzo Ferrari
Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

Data on political ads posted in the months leading up to the European elections highlights the differences between the political contexts in various member states. In Romania, it’s the national parties who spend the most, in Greece it’s individual candidates, and in Slovenia it’s the European Parliament.


Is a new EU defence on its way?  in depth

Saturday 15 June 2019 | Emanuela Babiroglio
| VoxEurop

The creation of a €13.6 billion scheme for the European Defence Fund can fundamentally challenge the nature of the European Union as a peace project. It may provide the arms before creating the army and even the political frame for it, and will contribute to a new arms race, suggests civil society.


Where does Europe stand on LGBTI rights? 

Saturday 15 June 2019 | Kashyap Raibagi
| VoxEurop

Thirty-three countries out of 49 in Europe have not legalised same-sex marriage. Most Central and Eastern Europeans oppose same-sex marriage whereas most Western Europeans favour it.


Political ads on Facebook: who spent the most in Poland 

Friday 14 June 2019 | Bartosz Chyż
Jarosław Kopeć
| BiQdata

Polish candidates to the European Parliament spent hundreds of thousands of złoty on Facebook ads. The most money was spent on European Coalition’s pages. Confederation, on the other hand, has clearly invested in the nationalist leader Krzysztof Bosak.