Life in Europe

Nurse walking by a hospital building

COVID-19 pandemic exposes southern Europe’s nursing shortage  Large investigation

Tuesday 23 June 2020 | Ángela Bernardo
Carmen Torrecillas
María Álvarez Del Vayo
| Civio

For weeks, Spain and Italy were epicentres of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their health defences had an important gap: large staffing shortages and low ratios of nurses to doctors. At the same time, nurses had higher infection rates than the general population, mainly because of the lack of personal protective equipment.


Almost all European regions have managed to bring excess deaths down 

Monday 24 August 2020 | Clara Guibourg
| Newsworthy

As summer nears its end, it is becoming possible to evaluate the coronavirus pandemic’s toll on European regions over nearly six months. We have analysed data from 776 subnational regions to better understand where the virus is continuing to hit hard.


How the pandemic is transforming the illegal drug market 

Tuesday 21 July 2020 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

The economic impact of Covid-19 has been immense, influencing all our lives. So far, however, the illegal drug market has not suffered unduly, and in some countries it is booming due to the capacity of criminals to adapt.


Plaza del Marqués de Pombal en Lisboa

Europe gets back to business  Large investigation

Tuesday 09 June 2020 | Antonio Hernández
Carmen Torrecillas
David Cabo
Miguel Ángel Gavilanes
| Civio

Lisbon and Stockholm have opted for opposing mobility models – with and without restrictions. However the epidemic's impact on their borders has not been in line with their neighbours, but rather, like those at the other side of the European continent.


Air France’s promise to nix domestic flights: Not good enough for the environment 

Monday 20 July 2020 | Anne Damiani
| Euractiv

Air France’s pledge to end some of its domestic flights in return for billions of euros in government aid is a weak contribution to climate action, as weak railway infrastructure stands in the way of a plane-to-train shift.


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.


Will football go bust?  in depth

Friday 24 April 2020 | Vincent Grimault
| Alternatives Economiques

The interruption to football championships – local, national and European – caused by the coronavirus pandemic is plunging the sport into a crisis. For a sector with billions in annual turnover, tomorrow’s world is looking very different to yesterday’s.


Photo of the Copenhagen airport during the pandemic

EU air bridge: hundreds of dedicated flights brought European citizens back home 

Monday 01 June 2020 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

After the outbreak the coronavirus pandemic, the EU has funded the repatriation of tens of thousands of European citizens through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Yet not all EU governments decided to take advantage of this form of support from Brussels. 


An ever smaller, ever older population 

Wednesday 27 May 2020 | Miriam Santoro
| OBC Transeuropa

A recently published study outlines the EU’s demographic future: in 2080, if current trends continue, the EU population will fall from the current 513 million people to 504 million, while flight from rural areas shows no sign of slowing. We take a look at south-eastern Europe, by way of the global context. 


Focus: How is the pandemic changing our daily habits? 

Monday 25 May 2020 | Lorenzo Ferrari
| OBC Transeuropa

As most European countries start to re-emerge from lockdown, it’s becoming clear that we aren’t getting “back to normal” anytime soon. So, how is COVID-19 changing our lives? How did our daily routine and consumption change during the lockdown, and what changes may stay with us for a long time?