In depth

A year of changing of the guards in the EU

Thursday 02 May 2019 | Lisbeth Kirk
| EUobserver

The forthcoming European elections will set off a chain of events that in a few months could deeply change the European union's political landscape.

The murky perks of an MEP

Thursday 02 May 2019 | Nikolaj Nielsen
| EUobserver

MEPs' receive a gross salary of €8,757.70 per month, plus others reimbursements. But related perks are not transparent, as they don't have to show the receipts for their expenses. 

The European parliament’s travelling circus

Tuesday 30 April 2019 | Peter Teffer
| EUobserver

Symbolism matters in politics and there is perhaps no greater negative image shaping perceptions of the European Union than what has been dubbed the 'travelling circus': twelve times a year members of the European Parliament relocate from Brussels to Strasbourg for a plenary session.

Europe and the anti-establishment parties

Friday 26 April 2019 | Marcel Pauly
| Der Spiegel

In the run-up to the European elections, populists are gaining ground in many countries. But their slogans are not winning through everywhere. Where are they successful, and what makes them dangerous?

UK and Germany lead EU’s think tank ranking

Tuesday 16 April 2019 | Alexander Damiano Ricci
| Voxeurop

According to the latest Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, the United Kingdom is the country with the most influential think tanks, followed by Germany, France and Italy.

Europe begins screening foreign direct investments

Tuesday 16 April 2019 | Justin Delépine
| Alternatives Economiques

The European Union has just established a screening framework for foreign investments, primarily in response to the Chinese investment offensive.

The EU’s risky move on (un)sustainable fisheries

Friday 12 April 2019 | Stefano Valentino
| Voxeurop

Pressures on the EU from industrial fishery lobbies to maintain business as usual in the Western Mediterranean may put both fish stocks and small fishermen’s livelihoods at risk, while also undermining the economic sustainability of the industry itself, as we reveal in a three-part investigation.

Europe needs a bigger, more inclusive Erasmus programme

Friday 05 April 2019 | Jacopo Ottaviani
| Internazionale

Every year, tens of thousands of European citizens decide to avail of the Erasmus programme: students, lecturers, researchers, artists, athletes, volunteers and other citizens book their flights, pack their bags and leave for other countries, with grants supporting European mobility.

Europe needs to focus on tax harmonisation to curb inequality

Tuesday 02 April 2019 | Zoé Durand
| Voxeurop

According to a new report by the World Inequality Lab, inequality in Europe has declined slightly since 1980, but remains significant, particularly between the east and west of the continent.

Fewer antibiotics in European livestock farming

Wednesday 27 March 2019 | Antoine Vergely
| Voxeurop

The improper use of antibiotics for animals contributes to the emergence of resistant bacteria. While their use in the EU is declining, this phenomenon remains a threat to human health.