Democracy

Women in power 

Friday 08 March 2019 | Milena Hassenkamp
Marcel Pauly
| Spiegel Online

Sweden does it without a law, France does it with one. The proportion of women in European parliaments and cabinets is determined by a number of different factors. A comparison.


The murky perks of an MEP  in depth

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. 


Which parties and countries chair the EP committees?  in depth

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.


Italy: doing politics with politicians’ money 

Friday 27 December 2019 | Gianluca De Feo
Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

After the abolition of direct public funding of politics in 2013, Italy intended to increase private donations. However, the numbers tell a different story: little funding comes from “big donors”, while a lot comes from elected representatives. Meanwhile, the absence of direct public funding in Italy remains a European anomaly.


The numbers behind Juncker’s words  in depth

Wednesday 12 September 2018 | Giorgio Comai
Eric Maurice
| OBC Transeuropa
EUobserver

What do the most recurrent terms in the EU Commission president's annual speech at the European Parliament say about the present and future of the Union?


Growing and slowing down: Central Eastern European economies and the EU funds 

Wednesday 10 July 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Since their accession to the European Union the Visegrad four and Baltic countries' economies have been growing significantly, mainly thanks to EU funds. But there are differences among the countries.


Romania’s presidential elections: the diaspora at the ballot box 

Tuesday 26 November 2019 | Giorgio Comai
| OBC Transeuropa

At the latest Romanian presidential elections, almost one million Romanians voted from abroad, largely by casting their ballots in more than 800 polling stations open from Friday through Sunday. A visual exploration of the data.


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.


Everything you ever wanted to know about EU infringement procedures  in depth

Thursday 24 October 2019 | Daniele De Bernardin
| Openpolis

InfringEye is a data-driven tool developed by EDJNet, making it easier for journalists and citizens to understand the EU's infringement mechanisms, and to monitor past and ongoing procedures. Here are some of the main findings.


Mediterranean refugees: death risk rising, asylum prospects sinking  in depth

Saturday 07 September 2019 | Ralph Janik
| Addendum

In 2016 3230 people lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Since then the number of deaths has dropped – but the crossing is becoming ever more dangerous.