Life in Europe

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.


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.