Public spending

“Warning, No Signal”  Large investigation in depth

Monday 30 December 2019 | Nikos Morfonios
| MIIR

Only 30 km of the whole rail network in Greece has functioning train traffic lights. The installation of new European Train Control System has derailed in the country because of mismanagement – costing tens of millions of public funds and several fatalities.


Secret to a long life? More money for healthcare  

Tuesday 03 December 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

In Western Europe and Scandinavia, people spend more on healthcare and live longer, while in Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic States, less money is spent and life expectancy at birth is lower too. The EU average for healthcare spending is 9.9 percent of GDP. In Hungary it is 7.4 percent.


Can Europe avoid the coming crisis? 

Monday 26 August 2019 | Guillaume Duval
| Alternatives Economiques

The international outlook for this autumn does not seem rosy. Will Europe be able to act in response to the warning signs? That will largely depend on the German government’s willingness to (finally) let go of the dogmas imposed on the eurozone for the last decade.


Public employees: Comparisons between European countries are deceptive 

Tuesday 27 March 2018 | Vincent Grimault
| Alternatives Economiques

“Hypertrophic”, “poorly run”, “bloated”, “too costly”... in all countries, cliches concerning the public service are legion. New indicators allow us to see how the reality is more nuanced.


1.6 million farmers receive almost 85 percent of the EU's agricultural subsidies 

Friday 24 May 2019 | EUfactcheck

A large part of the EU's budget is devoted to supporting agriculture. Yet farmers receive a given amount per hectare – so large farms receive way more money than the small ones, to the extent that 25 percent of all EU farmers receive only 1.3 percent of the available funds.


Thumbs down for Italy’s budget. What’s the situation like in other parts of Europe?  

Wednesday 31 October 2018 | Zoé Durand
| VoxEurop

It’s back to the drawing board for Italy and its draft budget. And according to Rome, this is not even the most serious case in the EU. So, what is the state of affairs in other countries?


Two data-driven stories that explain the provisional Spanish budget law 2019

Tuesday 22 January 2019 | VoxEurop

The Spanish media outlet El Diario covered the 2019 Spanish budget with a set of infographic contents.


Structural investment funds (Open Knowledge)

Sunday 15 October 2017 | OBC Transeuropa

Subsidy Stories traces the flows of EU structural investment funds up to the level of local beneficiaries.


Social expenditure (OECD)

Sunday 27 January 2019 | Alternatives Economiques

The OECD has just published a new report on the level of social expenditure. 


2008 crisis is still affecting social programs 

Tuesday 08 January 2019 | Zoé Durand
| VoxEurop

Since 2007, spending on social programs within the EU has shown large contrasts, particularly between East and West. Repercussions of the 2008 crisis are clearly visible, as are policy changes in some countries.