In depth


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

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.


Thousands of children go missing in Europe every year

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. 


Which parties and countries chair the EP committees?

Thursday 21 November 2019 | Elena Sánchez Nicolás
| EUobserver

The MEPs in the European Parliament's committees are divided up among 20 standing committees and two sub-committees (Human Rights (DROI) and Security and Defence (SEDE)), specialising in concrete areas of EU's policymaking.


2019: escape from the Balkans

Monday 25 November 2019 | Francesca Rolandi
Christian Elia
| OBC Transeuropa

A growing phenomenon with worrying implications: the flight of workers, skilled or otherwise, from former Yugoslavia. A look at the data and political responses.


The Irish Sea, a new frontier

Friday 15 November 2019 | Aude Martin
| Alternatives Economiques

The introduction of customs and regulatory controls in the Irish Sea, provided for in the latest UK withdrawal agreement, would make Northern Ireland a very special economic area.


Where the EU power really lies

Tuesday 19 November 2019 | Andrew Rettman
| EUobserver

Welcome to the EU engine room: the European Parliament's 22 committees, which churn out hundreds of new laws and non-binding reports each year and keep an eye on other European institutions.


Dark patterns: born to mislead

Wednesday 13 November 2019 | Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

Digital platforms often trick users into giving up their personal data or buying particular products. These “dark patterns” go against European legislation, but authorities are struggling to combat them.


Visegrad 4 and the rule of law: Why always me?

Tuesday 05 November 2019 | Alexander Damiano Ricci
| VoxEurop

The World Bank’s worldwide governance indicators provide useful data about the evolution of the perceptions within EU countries as to how much agents abide by the rule of law. Based on this data source, Southern European countries appear more problematic than Visegrad ones.


Italy says no to the largest protected area in the Mediterranean

Monday 04 November 2019 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop
MobileReporter

A ban on trawling in reproduction areas brings fish stocks back to healthy levels. However, the Italian government is holding back impact assessments, forcing the European Commission to remove restrictions in the Strait of Otranto from the current Mediterranean plan. 


SUVs: climate folly

Thursday 31 October 2019 | Justin Delépine
| Alternatives Economiques

Heavy and polluting urban SUVs now represent 40% of new car sales worldwide.