Life in Europe

Food alerts in Europe: from Polish chickens to Indian sesame seeds 

Tuesday 16 March 2021 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

Last year, more than half of the alerts issued by the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed concerned products from non-EU countries. If these countries are unable to adapt their production chains to EU food safety regulations over the next few years, the risks to European citizens will continue to grow.


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.


The gender gap in European governments and parliaments 

Tuesday 02 March 2021 | Openpolis

While the proportion of women in the executive and legislative bodies of EU countries has grown over the years, access to key positions of political influence is still limited — in some member states more than in others.


The pandemic is bringing back “traditional” gender roles 

Wednesday 24 February 2021 | Daniele Ruzza
| VoxEurop

Gender inequality in the labour market has been an issue for years, and it has only gotten worse with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, to the point that it is rolling back on the achievements made in the last 30 years.


The lobbyists behind EU response to migration 

Friday 05 March 2021 | Emanuela Barbiroglio
| VoxEurop

A “fortress Europe” is being built thanks to a massive deployment of resources. The result is that the border agency Frontex embraced corporate interests rather than human rights, a new report from Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) shows.


buildings in Malmö

Climate renovation of buildings: lessons from around Europe 

Tuesday 26 January 2021 | Antoine de Ravignan
| Alternatives Economiques

To meet its climate targets, the EU must double the speed it is renovating its residential and office buildings. Sweden has already almost completely decarbonised its sector. But it is on its own.


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.