Life in Europe

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.


Pay up or put it off: how Europe treats depression and anxiety  Large investigation

Tuesday 09 March 2021 | Ángela Bernardo
María Álvarez Del Vayo
Carmen Torrecillas
Antonio Hernández
| Civio

In many European countries, the availability of psychological treatment in the public healthcare system is inadequate or even non-existent. Barriers such as long waiting lists, co-payments and inadequate resources push people with anxiety or depression – those who can afford it – to the private system.


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.


Homeschooling: most parents and caregivers unhappy with distance learning 

Wednesday 28 April 2021 | Daniele Ruzza
| VoxEurop

A Eurofound report reveals that despite being provided with the necessary tools and supported remotely by teachers, most parents and legal guardians of children in primary and secondary schools are dissatisfied with distance learning.


United Kingdom: foreign workers flee the country in large numbers 

Wednesday 21 April 2021 | Lou-Eve Popper
| Alternatives Economiques

Due to Brexit and multiple lockdowns, hundreds of thousands of expats have left Britain in 2020.


Women more likely than men to live below the poverty line and experience social exclusion 

Tuesday 13 April 2021 | Daniele Ruzza
| VoxEurop

A report by the European Commission and data provided by Eurostat, reveal how there are more women with an income below the 60% median income, leading to a gender gap in poverty and social exclusion, both when in working and old age.


Four ways of looking at European cross-border rail links 

Monday 12 April 2021 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

According to absolute numbers, Central Europe can count on the most cross-border train connections on the continent. What happens, however, if we take into account the length of each country’s borders and their population sizes?


train board game

More and more trains crossing European borders 

Monday 29 March 2021 | Gianluca De Feo
Lorenzo Ferrari
| OBC Transeuropa

A dense network of cross-border rail connections cuts through the continent, and it’s set to expand even further in the coming years thanks to new infrastructure and the birth of the European single rail market. However, there are still profound differences between the central and peripheral regions of Europe.


Where do we stand on the road to a European Gigabit Society? 

Thursday 25 March 2021 | Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

The road towards universally accessible ultra-fast connectivity in Europe still seems long and bumpy.


The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) portal

Wednesday 17 March 2021 | OBC Transeuropa

The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) has been put in place by the European Commission to provide food and feed control authorities with an effective tool to exchange information about measures taken responding to serious risks detected in relation to food or feed.