Democracy

The impact of EU funds on Covid-19 crisis management 

Friday 19 February 2021 | Openpolis

Before the implementation of additional allocations such as the recovery fund, one of the first instruments put in place by the EU was the possibility for states to redirect their own European funds to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. Let's see how this process played out, in Italy and in other countries.


Italy faces even fewer infringement procedures 

Tuesday 20 April 2021 | Openpolis

Since the beginning of the year, five infringement procedures have been initiated against Italy. Only five countries have kept their numbers lower. The total number of infringements against Italy has dropped to 82. This makes Italy the seventh least problematic EU country in this regard.


Prison does not deter European cannabis users 

Tuesday 27 April 2021 | EUrologus

EUrologus compared how cannabis consumption patterns vary according to whether smoking in a given EU country is punishable by prison. Our data analysis article.


Online privacy: the cookies’ attack 

Wednesday 28 April 2021 | EUrologus

When you open a website, the question immediately pops up: what data do you want to share with the service provider? In the EU, on average, 50% of internet users refuse to allow their personal data to be used for advertising.


Biden, the EU and arms exports 

Friday 26 March 2021 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

With Biden’s arrival in the White House, many pieces are moving on the international chessboard, including relations between Western democracies and the Middle East, and the delicate issue of arms exports.


Pandemic has opened prisons across Europe 

Wednesday 24 February 2021 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

The prison population fell in almost all European countries last year. Many detainees were released to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and meanwhile the crime rate also declined. The largest drop in prison numbers was in Turkey. However, in certain countries the incarcerated population increased.


Mapping the migrant camps in Europe 

Thursday 29 April 2021 | Elvira Krithari
| MIIR

Successful integration of refugees and migrants into their host society is at the core of the European migration strategy - at least, on paper. In reality their current living conditions show that they are far from meeting this objective. MIIR’s analysis on the refugee issue in Europe seeks to answer the question: "What are Europe’s plans for the refugees?”


The hidden agenda behind the Recovery and Resilience Facility 

Thursday 29 April 2021 | Nikos Morfonios
| MIIR

Member countries will be continuously assessed for meeting targets and reforms in order to receive their share of the recovery fund. If European governments do not comply with the agreed recovery plan, the purse strings will be tightened.


How "big tech" influence electoral processes and why transparency is essential 

Monday 21 December 2020 | Andreas Vou
| VoxEurop

Over the years, Big Tech companies have morphed from mere platforms to major international players with vested financial and political motives and connections. Their roles in influencing elections in Europe must be seriously addressed.


The gender gap in European governments and parliaments 

Tuesday 02 March 2021 | Openpolis

While the proportion of women in the executive and legislative bodies of EU countries has grown over the years, access to key positions of political influence is still limited — in some member states more than in others.