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Nurse walking by a hospital building

COVID-19 pandemic exposes southern Europe’s nursing shortage

Tuesday 23 June 2020 | Ángela Bernardo
Carmen Torrecillas
María Álvarez Del Vayo
| Civio

For weeks, Spain and Italy were epicentres of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their health defences had an important gap: large staffing shortages and low ratios of nurses to doctors. At the same time, nurses had higher infection rates than the general population, mainly because of the lack of personal protective equipment.


Young men taking a selfie in swimwear

Undress or fail: Instagram's algorithm strong-arms users into showing skin

Wednesday 17 June 2020 | Nicolas Kayser-Bril
Judith Duportail
Kira Schacht
Édouard Richard
| Algorithm Watch

An exclusive investigation reveals that Instagram prioritizes photos of scantily-clad men and women, shaping the behavior of content creators and the worldview of 140 millions Europeans in what remains a blind spot of EU regulations.


Plaza del Marqués de Pombal en Lisboa

Europe gets back to business

Tuesday 09 June 2020 | Antonio Hernández
Carmen Torrecillas
David Cabo
Miguel Ángel Gavilanes
| Civio

Lisbon and Stockholm have opted for opposing mobility models – with and without restrictions. However the epidemic's impact on their borders has not been in line with their neighbours, but rather, like those at the other side of the European continent.


Climate warming in Europe, municipality by municipality

Thursday 14 May 2020 | Lorenzo Ferrari
Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

In more than 35,000 European municipalities, average temperatures have risen by more than 2°C over the last fifty years. From big cities to small villages, the climate crisis reaches every corner of Europe – but citizens are rising up, and people in power are finally taking action.


The coronavirus opens another gap in Europe

Thursday 23 April 2020 | Eva Belmonte
David Cabo
Carmen Torrecillas
Antonio Hernández
| Civio

The south slows down and the north carries on. On Friday, April 17, the number of people on the streets in Europe rose again to over 40% for the first time in the last month


European mobility in times of coronavirus

Thursday 23 April 2020 | Civio

You can explore the pedestrian occupation, road traffic and flights of European capitals in this data visualization, which shows the current percentage of occupation compared to the normal levels before the coronavirus lockdown. 


FAQ on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Tuesday 21 April 2020 | Ángela Bernardo
Lucas Laursen
| Civio

Find answers to questions about novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the disease COVID-19


It is difficult to reach school in Italy's least connected provinces

Monday 24 February 2020 | Openpolis

In certain areas of Italy the distance to the nearest railway station makes this form of transport impractical. Below, we take a look at how well or poorly – and how many – schools in these areas are connected to households' places of residence.


Greece’s deadly rail tracks

Monday 30 December 2019 | Ilias Stathatos
Nikos Morfonios
| MIIR

Greece takes the bloody lead in terms of deaths and injuries in rail accidents in the EU, with about 25 victims per year. Problems are mainly caused by unsafe level crossings, poor infrastructure and traffic management systems, and understaffed companies.


“Warning, No Signal”

Monday 30 December 2019 | Nikos Morfonios
| MIIR

Only 30 km of the whole rail network in Greece has functioning train traffic lights. The installation of new European Train Control System has derailed in the country because of mismanagement – costing tens of millions of public funds and several fatalities.