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Boss of your own belly

  • Europe
  • Human Rights
  • Politics

This article aims to map the thriving surrogacy business between Israel and Georgia, with particular attention to the role of women in this increasingly global and more lucrative baby business.

Baas in eigen buik

The European Social Fraud

  • Economy
  • Europe
  • Politics

BRUSSELS - The European Social Fund (ESF) “is Europe’s main instrument for supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer job opportunities for all EU citizens”, according to the ESF website.

Refugees vs. hate speakers in Central Europe

  • Europe
  • Migration
  • Politics

ROME - After a far-right supporter shot six African migrants in Italy, a headline on the Slovak news website Hlavne Spravy explained the tragedy as a retaliation for a murder of an Italian woman by a Nigerian man.

The slavery of care: Bulgarian women working in the West as caregivers

  • Europe
  • Health
  • Human Rights

SOFIA - The story focuses on the plight of cash-strapped Bulgarian women who come to Belgium and the Netherlands as posted workers to care for elderly people who want to spend the last months or years of their life in their own home, instead of in a retirement home. The investigation focuses on one of the main players on the market offering such services, Seniorcare24.

Gold Rush to Dam Balkan's Rivers

  • Ecology
  • Economy
  • Energy
  • Europe

The Western Balkan countries - home to some of the most pristine nature on the European continent - are faced with a rush to build new hydro power stations.

Catching the real pirates

  • Agriculture
  • Ecology
  • Europe
  • Organised crime

A number of fishing companies are flouting international law, exploiting workers, and over-fishing, thus stripping vulnerable countries of a vital food source.

Fish & Ships: Europe’s fishing deals in West Africa

  • Agriculture
  • Ecology
  • Europe

In the imbalance of power in Europe’s fishing deals with West African countries, locals get the short end of the stick.

Passport for profit

  • Corruption
  • Europe
  • FOI
  • Migration
  • Organised crime

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. 

The European Investment Bank: Africa's discreet financier

  • Data Journalism
  • Economy
  • Europe
  • Industry

European Investment Bank (EIB) is the largest multilateral borrower and lender in the world. It finances mainly large infrastructure projects, but also provides loans to small and medium enterprises. The EIB is an EU bank, but its ambitions reach far beyond its borders.

The MEPs Project: the ghost offices of MEPs

  • Data Journalism
  • Europe
  • FOI

In an unprecedented EU-wide collaborative effort, the journalists from "The MEPs Project" located in every member state investigated how members of the European Parliament (MEPs) make use of the general expenses payments they receive every month.