Democracy

Not just apps: privacy, personal data and COVID-19 in the western Balkans 

Monday 18 May 2020 | Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

The measures adopted by some Balkan countries to contain the pandemic have raised perplexity in associations and researchers who deal with privacy and digital rights. Emergency actions, derogating from the national rules of law, could translate into mass surveillance tools.


Focus: coronavirus and fundamental rights 

Thursday 30 April 2020 | Lorenzo Ferrari
Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

Our thematic focus this month is entirely on the legal and democratic challenges that the pandemic is posing to our societies. In particular, we look at how fundamental rights may be threatened by some emergency measures that are adopted or discussed in Europe. 


The risks posed by 5-G driven smart cities   in depth

Sunday 13 October 2019 | Andreas Vou
| VoxEurop

The 5G networks that are being deployed all around Europe can provide inhabitants of cities with sustainable living, reduced traffic and stringent security, but the technology can also determine a slippery slope towards mass surveillance.


Defence: Marching forward, but on what orders? 

Tuesday 30 April 2019 | Yann Mens
| Alternatives Economiques

A European army? It won’t be happening overnight.


Institutions: Heads of state still setting the agenda 

Tuesday 30 April 2019 | Yann Mens
| Alternatives Economiques

The Spitzenkandidat system has been criticised by a number of heads of state. Will it be applied this year? 


Internet users (World Bank)

Friday 20 December 2019 | Alternatives Economiques

Figures published by the World Bank track the increase in the use of internet worldwide.


Questionable international tax practices (OECD)

Tuesday 17 December 2019 | Alternatives Economiques

The OECD has assessed how willing countries are to challenge questionable international tax practices.


Women in power 

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

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.