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Working Grants - Thematical

Working grant - CC — Our Game

The internal financial structures of several African countries' dominant political parties that are performing as corporatised multinationals in monopolised state power structures: Angola’s MPLA, Zimbabwe's ZANU, and Namibia’s SWAPO.

 

Working grant - FCC - Europe in Africa: The Price of Partnerships

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was hailed as the pact that will eventually liberalise trade between the European Union and the Economic Community of West African States. 

 

Working grant - FCC — Ça Bouge au Benin

The most controversial candidate in the upcoming presidential elections in Wes-African microstate Benin is Lionel Zinsou, who has roots in Benin but was born and raised in France. Will the next president in West-Africa be a white man?

 

Working grant - FCC — Beni Files

Since October 2014 more than 1000 citizens have been killed in and around Beni, a town in North Kivu in DR Congo. The web documentary Beni Files shows what is happening right under the nose of the world's most expensive UN peace mission.

 

Working grant - Ghosts of Sochi

Seven years under construction at a reputed cost of over 40 billion Euro, the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia are the most expensive sporting event in history.  But the Games also had a human cost.

 

Working grant - In the Name of the State

LJUBLJANA - From 1991 until 1995, the Yugoslav Wars wreaked havoc on the Balkans. War crimes of all sorts and flavours struck the region with such fierceness and frequency that by the end of the 20th century Yugoslavia had been torn apart. One of the crimes committed was the illegal trade of arms by government officials of the countries involved, acts with which they infringed the UN arms embargo.

 

Working grant - Kaliningrad, invisible battleground

The case of the Russian province Kaliningrad has been causing a war of nerves between East and West. Reports about re-militarisation and information warfare are reminiscent of a Cold War 2.0. Is Europe turning back to a bipolar logic?

 

Working grant - Mafia in Africa

The Italian mafia has established a hidden but lethal presence in Africa. Its members own diamond mines, nightclubs and land, all with the complicity of corrupt regimes.

 

Working grant - Money Laundering in Estonia

TALLINN - According to experts, Estonian financial institutions are popular among criminals for laundering money because Estonia offers cheaper currency transactions than Russia and less regulation than in the EU. Its convenient location for such transactions adds to the appeal.

 

Working grant - Operation Sophia

Consequences of the EU's Attempt to Neutralise People Smugglers

The central Mediterranean is now the busiest corridor for irregular migration into the European Union. All past efforts to combat flows have resulted in more sea crossings and more deaths at sea.

 

Working grant - Passport for profit

Thousands of refugees from Africa and the Middle East risk their lives to reach the shores of Europe and escape conflict and repression.  But for the wealthy there are easier options available. With enough money, it's possible to purchase a EU passport - or at least residence. 

 

Working grant - The Belarus Networks

Since 1994, Belarussian president Lukashenko and his close entourage grabbed an estimated $10 billion from the Belarussian people. This investigation maps the money flows of the Belarussian elite.

 

Working grant - The Dark Business of Soviet Art

KIEV - For more than 40 years Tatyana Jablonskaya's name and signature have been the pride of soviet realism's paintings. Her masterpieces, vibrant, popular scenes of a dream life in the USSR, illustrated communist propaganda appearing everywhere from reproductions in schoolbooks and political booklets to exhibitions in art museums all across the USSR. But now increasingly, original paintings of Jablonskaya's are disappearing, ever more forged versions taking their place.

 

Working grant - The Donbass Paradox

Russian-backed separatists have plundered the rebel-held regions in Ukraine’s industrial heartland and created an economy stricken with fear, hypocrisy and contradiction. How has business transformed since the rebels took control of Ukraine’s east?

 

Working grant - The Migrants Files

The Migrants Files is a project by a European consortium of journalists that aims at precisely assessing the number of men, women and children that died as a result of EU Member States migration policies.

 

Working grant - The Profiteers of the Hungarian-Romanian Border Area

Dozens of millions of Euros were spent on roads across the Romanian-Hungarian border that lead nowhere.

 

Working grant - The Special Branch Files Project

The Special Branch Files Project is a live archive of declassified files focusing on the surveillance of political activists and campaigners.

 

Working grant - Turkish Puppets

DITIB is a cultural-religious organisation for Turks in Europe. Or so it claims. In reality, it is a political body whose strings are pulled directly by Ankara. DITIB serves to promote the Turkish ruling party AKP in Europe and to push Turk-Europeans to toe the line dictated by Erdogan.