Life in Europe

Housing: Cities are becoming unaffordable 

Friday 08 January 2021 | Gabriel Hassan
| Alternatives Economiques

In many cities around the world, housing is too expensive. It is a serious problem which the Covid-19 crisis has made worse.


School dropouts: Croatia among the lowest rates, far ahead of the EU and Italy 

Friday 11 December 2020 | Maria Francesca Rita
| OBC Transeuropa

At 13.5 percent, the school dropout rate in Italy is four times higher than in Croatia. A comparative look at schools and educational inclusion across the Adriatic.


Bulgaria, chronicle of a lockdown foretold 

Wednesday 02 December 2020 | Francesco Martino
| OBC Transeuropa

After a relatively calm first phase, Bulgaria is now facing a surge in COVID-19 cases, to such an extent that the country now tops both the European and global rankings for covid-related deaths. After controversies and indecision, the government is now set to introduce new measures.


COVID-19 has paralysed mental health care in Europe 

Thursday 03 December 2020 | Ángela Bernardo
María Álvarez Del Vayo
Carmen Torrecillas
| Civio

Mental health resources in the European Union were scarce even before the pandemic. COVID-19 has caused a tsunami in mental health, and access to care is more difficult today. About 75 percent of psychiatry services in the EU have been taking place via telemedicine, but this is not a viable option for all patients.


Family benefits in the EU 

Tuesday 17 November 2020 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Central and Eastern European member states need to bridge a huge gap in social spending, particularly in the area of family welfare payments. However, some of these countries already spend a relatively high share of social spending for family benefits.


Bucharest still has an AIDS problem 

Tuesday 17 November 2020 | Lorenzo Ferrari
| OBC Transeuropa

Contrary to the trend across Europe, the Romanian capital has seen a drastic increase in AIDS cases in the last decade. The crisis is fueled by the use of synthetic drugs and lack of harm reduction services


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The K factor: why it matters where we are infected with the coronavirus 

Tuesday 17 November 2020 | Artur Galocha
Borja Andrino
Daniele Grasso
Kiko Llanneras
| Sonar Europe

A growing number of studies highlight the importance of clusters and superspreaders in the transmission of COVID-19. In order to fight the epidemic, we must have a better understanding of where outbreaks are happening and consider new ways of tracking cases.


The UK is no longer the top Erasmus destination for students 

Monday 19 October 2020 | Anne Damiani
| Euractiv

While some of the effects of Brexit are still difficult to assess, the Erasmus+ exchange programme has already suffered the consequences. However, British universities wish to maintain their participation in the European programme. 


A fraction of European regions account for a majority of COVID-19 deaths 

Wednesday 24 June 2020 | Clara Guibourg
| Newsworthy

We have gathered data on excess deaths from 500 European regions to better understand the spread of the virus. Some regions report up to three times as many deaths as usual since March, but a large part of Europe has been able to live through the first wave of the pandemic without any significant excess death.


Visegrad 4 and the rule of law: Why always me?  in depth

Tuesday 05 November 2019 | Alexander Damiano Ricci
| VoxEurop

The World Bank’s worldwide governance indicators provide useful data about the evolution of the perceptions within EU countries as to how much agents abide by the rule of law. Based on this data source, Southern European countries appear more problematic than Visegrad ones.