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Balkans: slow Internet and unspent cohesion funds 

Wednesday 24 August 2022 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

The Balkan countries are struggling to keep up with the rest of Europe in terms of Internet connection speed. The only exception is Romania, which - not surprisingly - is the country in the area that is best able to spend cohesion funds on ICT


European food companies break their plastics promises 

Tuesday 09 August 2022 | Kira Schacht
| Deutsche Welle (DW)

Two-thirds of pledges to go greener on plastic fail or are dropped, a DW investigation has found. Here's how European food and drink companies break their own commitments, and how legislation might hold them accountable.


Europe fights the monkeypox outbreak with unequal defences 

Tuesday 19 July 2022 | Ángela Bernardo
| Civio

Only two European Union member states confirm that they had strategic reserves of the most effective and safe vaccine against monkeypox, a smallpox-like virus.


South East Europe: investments in innovation are not enough 

Thursday 14 July 2022 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

Within the EU, the Balkan countries are among those that invest less in research and innovation. European funds make a positive contribution, but the gap with the rest of Europe still tends to widen. The reasons are manifold.


Shadow of a person walking on a cobblestone pavement in Lisbon

Pre-trial detention: you never get over a dead son 

Monday 27 June 2022 | Beatriz Walviesse
| Divergente

Danijoy Pontes, 23 years old, was sent to pre-trial detention in 2020, for a total of 11 months. He died in a Lisbon prison: Divergente dug his story as part of EDJNet's investigation on the abuse and risks of pre-trial detention in Europe.


prison window

Presumed innocent but detained for months pretrial in Germany and EU 

Wednesday 15 June 2022 | Kira Schacht
| Deutsche Welle (DW)

One in five people jailed in the European Union hasn't been convicted of a crime — including 12,000 in Germany alone. Studies suggest that pretrial detention is unnecessary in most cases.


countryside in Hungary

Do EU green investments in Hungary go where they are the most needed? 

Tuesday 14 June 2022 | Laszlo Arato
Kata Moravecz
| EUrologus

Climate change will heavily affect the economy of some Hungarian regions, but they receive a relatively low share of EU funding meant for green projects, sustainability and environmental protection. 


How are EU countries doing against inflation? 

Tuesday 31 May 2022 | Aude Martin
| Alternatives Economiques

Transfers to the most vulnerable, lower taxes, price regulation... European countries are taking steps to contain inflation. Do the measures all rely on the same levers? Are some strategies more effective than others? Here's an overview.


There was no barrier to Covid-19 transmission in Greek prisons 

Wednesday 18 May 2022 | Janine Louloudi
Nikos Morfonios
Thanasis Troboukis
| MIIR

The spread of coronavirus in Greek prisons was 1.4 times faster than in the general population during July-February 2022. The occupancy rate increased during the pandemic, and one in three prisoners is estimated to have contracted the coronavirus to date.


A luxury called psychotherapy 

Tuesday 17 May 2022 | Marina Kelava
| H-Alter

Anxiety and depression were among the most common mental-health problems across the European Union even before the pandemic. But in every EU country that provides psychological help as part of its public healthcare, there are limits to this in practice. And some countries do not even offer such help.