Life in Europe

Teleworking struggles to take hold in Spain 

Thursday 14 November 2019 | María Zuil
| El Confidencial

An old attachment to the sociable office is preventing telework from taking off in Spain. Despite the advantages, Spain is still waiting for remote work to succeed, if only for a few days a week. Only 7% of Spanish workers have tried it.


Visegrad 4 and the rule of law: Why always me?  in depth

Tuesday 05 November 2019 | Alexander Damiano Ricci
| VoxEurop

The World Bank’s worldwide governance indicators provide useful data about the evolution of the perceptions within EU countries as to how much agents abide by the rule of law. Based on this data source, Southern European countries appear more problematic than Visegrad ones.


Sovereignists: much ado about nothing?

Monday 15 April 2019 | Gina Pavone
| OBC Transeuropa

Immigration doesn’t appear to be the only worry of Europeans, also economic fears are widespread. And analyses suggest that the success of the new populist group is far from certain.


Cold housing and polluted cities? Something is changing in the Balkans 

Tuesday 05 March 2019 | Lorenzo Ferrari
| OBC Transeuropa

Many citizens of south-east Europe cannot afford to properly heat their own homes. The impact on health and air pollution is serious, but energy poverty has recently begun to decline.


Retirement without peace 

Tuesday 08 October 2019 | Ana Kuzmanić
Ivana Perić
| H-Alter

More than 11,000 retired Croatian are still working. Some of them seek a more active life, but the majority lives on the brink of poverty without any other option other than to keep working – a problem in common with many other European countries. 


Housing costs in Europe: time to turn the tide 

Wednesday 02 October 2019 | Alexander Damiano Ricci
Emanuela Barbiroglio
| VoxEurop

On October 1, the Housing Europe Observatory released its latest report on the state of housing in the EU. As the housing crisis continues to hit people across Europe, concrete action by public authorities remains weak.


Some Europeans don't eat enough fruit and vegetables 

Monday 14 October 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Up to 30 percent of certain types of cancer could be prevented by eating proper amount of vegetables and fruits, according to scientific studies. However, Hungary has a poor record in both areas, especially in terms of vegetable consumption, in which it lags behind the entire European Union.


European Core Health Indicators (European Commission)

Monday 26 August 2019 | OBC Transeuropa

A list of 88 indicators makes it possible to compare the state of citizens’ health and related services across the EU. A dedicated data tool is available.


Are speed cameras saving lives, and are old cars dangerous?  

Wednesday 10 April 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

The number of fatal accidents in the European Union is steadily decreasing, with the exception of Malta. However, the data shows a high degree of variation: while in Romania, 98 victims die on roads for every million inhabitants, in Sweden, that rate is only 25.


People behind bars in Europe 

Friday 11 January 2019 | Alexander Damiano Ricci
| VoxEurop

Since the turn of the century, the Old Continent stands out as the only macro-region experiencing declining numbers in its prison population. However, positive developments in Russia are key in explaining the trend. The EU benefits from the positive dynamics in Eastern and Central Europe. Recent data for Italy are worrisome.