Roma ghettos in the heart of the EU

Despite slight improvements in recent years, there is still deep-rooted discrimination against the community in Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe


Sophia: The EU naval mission without any ships

Launched in 2015 to combat human smuggling in the Mediterranean, the operation has been all but dismantled, symbolizing European division on immigration policy


Why master’s degree graduates are signing up to be EU volunteers

With youth unemployment rates through the roof, particularly in the south, many educated young people are choosing unpaid work over a salaried position in a job they don’t like


The battle over the primeval forest of Bialowieza

The EU stopped logging in Poland’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, but recent government plans have caused fresh alarm among environmentalists


Will Croatia climb aboard the Schengen train?

After the refugee crisis of 2015, the country is keen to show it has control of its borders in a bid to be admitted to the EU’s area of free movement

LGBT+ rights in Europe

The long journey out of the closet for Lithuania’s gay community

After decades of repression under the Soviet Union, the LGBT+ community in the Baltic state feels that it is finally becoming more accepted, but knows there is still work to be done


The fight for justice for murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

In 2017, a car bomb killed the investigative reporter intent on exposing political corruption on the tiny Mediterranean island. A year and half later, it is still not known who was behind her death


Are there tax havens in the heart of the European Union?

The EU list of offenders only includes jurisdictions outside Europe, yet there is evidence that foreign investment is flowing through small countries such as Ireland and Luxembourg without any link to actual activity


European culture looks east in 2019

Plovdiv is the first city in Bulgaria to be named European Capital of Culture, and authorities are hoping that the global attention will help drive a profound transformation


Suderbyn: an ecosocial experiment in the middle of the Baltic Sea

Innovative villages like this one on the Swedish island of Gotland are leading by example in the effort to repopulate rural areas in a sustainable way. There are sister communities in several parts of Spain


Women in Slovakia: same work, more experience, less pay

The socially conservative country has reduced the gender pay gap but is still one of the most unequal nations in the European Union

Citizens’ Europe

How Madeira became a flood-proofed island

Thanks to EU funding, the archipelago no longer fears a repeat of the 2010 flooding which killed 49 people

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Portugal’s devastating wildfires continue to burn

After last year’s fires, the European Union approved €50.6 million in financial aid to regenerate the affected areas. But 12 months on, neither the victims or the local authorities have seen a cent


The fight of the century: man versus machine

The inauguration of the first robot factory in Europe reignites the debate over the loss of jobs and the fascinating question of whether machines should have to pay taxes


When the machines take over

When new technologies create unemployment, the presence of a welfare state able to redistribute wealth can help workers to absorb this negative impact


How the Greek crisis has spawned a new generation of NEETS

An EU program is helping youths who are neither in education, training or employment gain access to the job market


The Spanish island aiming to be 100% renewable

El Hierro has just managed to meet power demand for 18 straight days entirely with green energy as Brussels debates the roadmap to meet Paris climate agreement goals

Tax avoidance

Europe’s tax war with the tech giants

The European Parliament will vote on a reform in March to impose a common corporate fiscal system for all companies operating physically or virtually in Europe


Two Polish salaries for every French paycheck

More than two million Europeans work in other EU member countries, some of them with “unacceptable” wages, schedules, or physical strain— all to reduce company costs


Eastern Europe is sick of inferior food

The governments of Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic claim that some multinationals are sending them lower-quality products compared with their neighbors to the west


Radically difficult: the problem of home-grown terrorism in Europe

The European Union is setting up new institutions to deal with the changing face of jihadism

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“Daddy, why not stay at home if you can?”

It might be considered a beacon of forward thinking when it comes to the work-life balance, but Finland is still discussing how to encourage men to take advantage of their paternity leave

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Romanians keep their faith in Europe

In a region marked by strong Euroskepticism, Romanian society maintains its trust in the EU as a framework for a better future


How Germany is leading Europe’s organic food revolution

The EU has been working since 2014 on new regulations for a sector that is on the rise across the world

citizens' europe

The great Brexit brain drain

UK universities, which contribute 2.8% of GDP, are already seeing a decline in applications from abroad as the country nears its exit from the European Union


How Estonia persuaded drivers to go electric

The Baltic state was the first country to set up a nationwide network of recharging stations for electric vehicles, as well as offering a range of incentives to encourage their use. But the end of subsidies has seen sales fall drastically. The Estonian model shows that without government assistance, uptake of electric vehicles is slow