Life in Europe

A Grand Tour of global warming in south-east Europe 

Wednesday 03 March 2021 | Antoine Laurent
| OBC Transeuropa

Drawing inspiration from the long voyages taken by well-off European youths in centuries past, OBC Transeuropa takes us on a tour of global warming hotspots in south-east Europe.


trade union demonstration in Brussels

The number of workers at risk of in-work poverty increases by 12% in the European Union 

Tuesday 23 March 2021 | Naïri Nahapétian
| Alternatives Economiques

The number of workers at risk of in-work poverty has increased in 16 countries in the European Union. In response to this, the European Trade Union Confederation is calling for the European Commission’s Minimum Wage directive to prohibit the setting of such wages below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold.


Small EU countries had more COVID-related deaths per million since pandemic started 

Sunday 25 April 2021 | Anne Damiani
| Euractiv

While the EU’s most populous countries are recording the most overall COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the pandemic, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Bulgaria had the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths in relation to their populations during the same period.


Prison does not deter European cannabis users 

Tuesday 27 April 2021 | EUrologus

EUrologus compared how cannabis consumption patterns vary according to whether smoking in a given EU country is punishable by prison. Our data analysis article.


Homicide and suicide rates in the EU are falling 

Wednesday 17 February 2021 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Over the last ten years, there were significantly fewer homicides in the EU. Suicide rates have also dropped. While the situation in certain northern countries is less rosy, there were considerably fewer violent deaths per 100,000 people in the South.


Covid-19 puts younger generations’ job security and mental wellbeing more at risk 

Tuesday 06 April 2021 | Daniele Ruzza
| VoxEurop

When it comes to job status and mental wellbeing, the young are the most affected by the pandemic among Europeans, reveals a recent report by Eurofound.


train accident in Greece

Rail accidents: Hungary leads the list in fatality figures 

Friday 30 April 2021 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

According to the annual assessment of the European Railway Agency, the trend of a steady decrease in the number of rail accidents continues. However, rail-related suicide rates remain roughly the same.


Antidepressant use in Europe continues to break records 

Friday 30 April 2021 | María Álvarez Del Vayo
Ángela Bernardo
Carmen Torrecillas
| Civio

Doctors continue prescribing anti-anxiety medications such as lorazepam or diazepam for long periods despite the risk of addictions. Meanwhile, under-investment in psychological care is making things worse.


Gender gap in politics: a multi-speed Europe 

Monday 08 March 2021 | Daniele Ruzza
| VoxEurop

Women are progressively more represented in parliaments across Europe. But, while some countries boast very diverse parliaments, others are still dominated by men.


Young men taking a selfie in swimwear

Undress or fail: Instagram's algorithm strong-arms users into showing skin  Large investigation

Wednesday 17 June 2020 | Nicolas Kayser-Bril
Judith Duportail
Kira Schacht
Édouard Richard
| Algorithm Watch

An exclusive investigation reveals that Instagram prioritizes photos of scantily-clad men and women, shaping the behavior of content creators and the worldview of 140 millions Europeans in what remains a blind spot of EU regulations.