Public spending

Nurse walking by a hospital building

COVID-19 pandemic exposes southern Europe’s nursing shortage  Large investigation

Tuesday 23 June 2020 | Ángela Bernardo
Carmen Torrecillas
María Álvarez Del Vayo
| Civio

For weeks, Spain and Italy were epicentres of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their health defences had an important gap: large staffing shortages and low ratios of nurses to doctors. At the same time, nurses had higher infection rates than the general population, mainly because of the lack of personal protective equipment.


Coronavirus: 5 decisions the EU should make right now 

Thursday 19 March 2020 | Guillaume Duval
| Alternatives Economiques

Calls have been coming from all sides for the EU to intervene in the COVID-19 crisis in the name of European solidarity. Although the Union has little room for manoeuvre in the public-health sphere, it can use the powerful lever of economic and monetary policy to counter the coming economic downturn.


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.


“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.


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.