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Romania and Bulgaria, safe havens for Italian mafia money

  • Corruption
  • Europe
  • Finance

The need of Italian mafia networks to carry out vast money-laundering operations took them to Romania and Bulgaria. They set up companies that not only succeeded in flying under the radar but also won government contracts. 

The bottleneck of the Balkan route

  • Europe
  • Human Rights
  • Justice
  • Migration

BIHAC - Western Bosnia and Herzegovina is a bottleneck for migrants and refugees who are fleeing across the Balkans. Many of them are caught en route to Northern or Western Europe on Slovenian territory, from where they are being systematically handed over to Croatian authorities in the last year. In Croatia, they are often exposed to police violence. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, where they finally end up, they are condemned to an interminable wait.

A migrant from Afghanistan in the camp Bira in Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Shot, concealed, contaminated

  • Environment
  • Europe
  • Health

PRISTINA - Twenty years ago, tons of depleted uranium ammunition were dropped on Kosovo. What happened to the soldiers who were stationed there? Why is the weapon still in use, despite all warnings? 

Journalismfund.eu’s innovation incubator supports AI-based factcheck platform

  • Europe
  • Innovation
  • Politics

BRUSSELS - Factcheck.Vlaanderen is a project that aims to counter online disinformation and polarisation in Flanders (the northern, Dutch-speaking part of Belgium). It is a fact-checking platform where man and machine cooperate to track, check and combat disinformation. The project is a unique collaboration between an AI-start-up, two media partners, two university colleges and a citizen participation company.

Messages from the dark side

  • Europe
  • Media
  • Politics

BRUSSELS - Across Europe, misinformation campaigns launched online by a handful of people, ahead of the European Union elections in May. The series of articles reveals the most common misinformation techniques and goes behind the scenes to meet those who fight it.

How the Italian 'Ndrangheta infiltrated East Berlin reconstruction

  • Corruption
  • Europe
  • Organised crime

BERLIN - "They described men arriving in Berlin with briefcases full of cash, wanting to buy land, buildings, restaurants". Bernd Finger, former chief investigator of the BKA in Berlin told us regarding statements he received from the Treuhandgesellschaft (the DDR trust company), during the nineties. "Everything was legal at the time, nobody could have known or suspected that this money was there to be laundered”.

The Top 100 European Places Where Dieselgate Kills the Most

  • Environment
  • Europe
  • Health

BRUSSELS - Excess diesel emissions produce a tiny portion of harmful dusts. Yet, they cause dozens of deaths in Europe’s highly populated road traffic hotspots. The fact that they have such a high health impact despite their relatively small contribution to overall pollution reveals how seriously air contamination threatens our lives.

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.