Democracy

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.


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.


Over 5000 Russian disinformation items in four years and a half 

Monday 15 July 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

At election time, Russian actors responsible for spreading misinformation seem to be tireless. But even if there is no election, they do not rest, EU Stratcom data suggests.


Can a graph explain the downfall of the German SPD?

Wednesday 05 June 2019 | VoxEurop

Income-related data relative to the German population might explain the downfall of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) over the past 15 years.


The European elections seen by Twitter

Thursday 06 June 2019 | OBC Transeuropa

What have the candidates for the European Parliament published on Twitter, and how much have the citizens interacted with them? EuVisions analysed 2.3 million Tweets in six member states. 


Macron’s rule comes without Parliamentary debates

Wednesday 19 June 2019 | VoxEurop

In the light of a historical comparison with previous governments, the current French executive comes second in the use of a legislative tool that limits Parliamentary prerogatives.