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How much did the European institutions and parties pay for ads on Facebook? 

Monday 17 June 2019 | Lorenzo Ferrari
Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

During last month’s European election campaign, the EU institutions and European political parties spent almost four million euro on paid Facebook posts. Data published by Facebook reveals how much was spent in each country, and who spent the most.


Political advertising on Facebook in South-East Europe 

Monday 17 June 2019 | Lorenzo Ferrari
Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

Data on political ads posted in the months leading up to the European elections highlights the differences between the political contexts in various member states. In Romania, it’s the national parties who spend the most, in Greece it’s individual candidates, and in Slovenia it’s the European Parliament.


Where does Europe stand on LGBTI rights? 

Saturday 15 June 2019 | Kashyap Raibagi
| VoxEurop

Thirty-three countries out of 49 in Europe have not legalised same-sex marriage. Most Central and Eastern Europeans oppose same-sex marriage whereas most Western Europeans favour it.


Facebook´s transparency is lacking – this is why it still is hard to examine political advertising 

Tuesday 11 June 2019 | Katarina Lind
| Journalism++

J++ and other media have examined the election ads ahead of the EU elections, but the data is lacking on several accounts.


It’s the fragmentation, stupid! 

Tuesday 11 June 2019 | Cas Mudde
| VoxEurop

The next five years the European Union will be more fragmented than ever. This fragmentation is the key lesson of the 2019 European elections. However, contrary to the dominant narrative of the last decade or so, the old centrist blocs are not confronted with just a plethora of anti-system populist parties and groups.


Facebook has become political parties’ main advertiser 

Saturday 08 June 2019 | Emanuela Babiroglio
| VoxEurop

Data shows that in the recent election campaign political parties spent millions of euro on targeted advertising on Facebook. The platform has almost completely replaced meetings and personal contact between candidates and voters.


Ecologists ask for less trawling and restricted areas to stop fish massacre 

Saturday 08 June 2019 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop
MobileReporter

At the Marrakesh Summit held on June 11-12, coastal countries confirmed their commitment to combat overfishing in the Mediterranean, the most overexploited sea in the world. However, scientists argue that total bans in the most vulnerable areas are required.


Yemen is our disaster 

Friday 07 June 2019 | Ana Kuzmanić
Ivana Perić
| H-Alter

By providing weapons to parties in conflict in Yemen, Europeans have a responsibility in the war that has claimed more than 10,000 lives in four years. In this sense, it is also our disaster, explains H-alter.


Counting the preferences 

Monday 03 June 2019 | Gina Pavone
| OBC Transeuropa

In Italy, much has been said about the winners and losers in the recent European Parliament elections. Much less, however, has been said of the gender and age of the candidates. Here’s an analysis based on the election data.


Chinese money is Europe’s next big challenge 

Friday 31 May 2019 | Andreas Vou
| VoxEurop

Chinese investments in Europe have reached dizzying heights in the last two decades but, while they pose an appealing opportunity for economic growth to some countries, they are seen as a direct threat by some of the continent’s wealthier states.