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Hungary and Serbia, "partly free" countries 

Thursday 14 February 2019 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

The democratisation process in South East Europe is stagnating, or even going backwards. Serbia is now considered a “partly free” country, just like Hungary.


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The antibiotic resistance crisis deepens  in depth

Wednesday 13 February 2019 | Antoine Vergely
| VoxEurop

European healthcare systems are increasingly dealing with new bacteria which resist traditional antibiotics. The situation threatens quality standards and budgets across Europe.


Competition: fewer fines for cartels 

Tuesday 12 February 2019 | Christian Chavagneux
| Alternatives Economiques

According to the latest research, the number of fines imposed on cartels that distort competition has fallen worldwide, while more than half of all fines are imposed by the EU.


Negative attitude towards Muslims inversely proportional to actual presence 

Monday 11 February 2019 | Alexander Damiano Ricci
| VoxEurop

Attitudes towards Muslims appear to be particularly negative in the Baltic and the Visegrád countries. Crucially, the very same countries have the lowest estimated Muslim population in Europe.


The polarisation of jobs is a question of policy 

Monday 11 February 2019 | Xavier Molénat
| Alternatives Economiques

The evolution of the social structure in 15 European countries reveals the key role that public policies play in deepening the divide between high- and low-skilled jobs, according to sociologist Camille Peugny.


Unpacking the Corruption Perception Index: A focus on the EU 

Tuesday 05 February 2019 | Alexander Damiano Ricci
| VoxEurop

According to the 2018 Corruption Perception Index by Transparency International, Nordic countries are again global leaders in the fight against corruption. But looking at the data since 2012, Baltic countries appear to be the rising stars.


Cash still has a future 

Friday 01 February 2019 | Christian Chavagneux
| Alternatives Economiques

On 27 January 2019 the European Central Bank stopped printing 500-euro banknotes. One more step towards a cashless economy? Not for now. Proponents of e-payments are annoyed, but there are dangers to an economy without cash.


The Europeans left out of the European elections 

Thursday 31 January 2019 | Lorenzo Ferrari
Gina Pavone
Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

Almost 17 million EU citizens live in a member state other than their country of origin. These citizens are entitled to vote for the European Parliament from where they reside, but almost none of them do so. It’s a wasted opportunity for a more transnational politics.


An ever less fertile Europe 

Wednesday 30 January 2019 | Marta Gatti
| OBC Transeuropa

Soil has a sensitive and crucial role to play, but is increasingly under threat: besides erosion and pollution, artificial covering is on the rise in many areas of Europe. There is still a chance, however, to reduce land take.


Flagging efforts in Europe 

Tuesday 29 January 2019 | Déborah Berthier
| VoxEurop

Renewable energy continues to grow in Europe, but increasingly slowly. Certain EU states may find it difficult to keep their 2020 commitments.