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How Viktor Orbán is exporting his illiberalism

  • Corruption
  • Economy

BUDAPEST - In our project, we’ve discovered how businessmen related to the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán were buying up media outlets in Slovenia. 

Hungarian PM, Viktor Orbán is supporting the leader of the Slovenian far-right, Janez Janša. Orbán offers the help of his allies and hundreds of million forints from the Hungarian taxpayers.

How to fight the global Wall Street landlords

  • Corruption
  • Economy
  • Organised crime

Banks and vulture funds make money from ordinary people’s distress. The only way to fight back is to outsmart them. Wall Street giants—the so-called ‘vulture funds’—have been on a house-buying spree across Europe and the United States since the 2008 financial crash.

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 Malta Files: How the smallest EU country became a haven for global tax avoidance.

  • Corruption

VALLETTA - The Mediterranean republic of Malta operates a tax system where companies pay the lowest tax on profits in the EU - only five per cent. Over the last three months, journalistic network European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) dug into over 150,000 documents that show how international companies take advantage of this system, using Malta as a pirate base for tax avoidance in the EU.

Cash Loans Czar's Maltese Tax Escape Plan

  • Corruption
  • Europe
  • Organised crime
  • Trafficking

How Russian Billionaire and Fashion TV investor paid near zero-tax on small loans operations in Europe and USA.

Mafias and the Far Right: The City of London Connection

  • Corruption
  • Organised crime

Massimo Carminati, boss of an alleged mafia group in Rome, is said to have made millions of euros before his arrest in December 2014. But this financial treasure is nowhere to be found.

The Hungarian “Zuckerberg” who keeps Orbán’s system alive

  • Corruption
  • FOI
It’s getting ever harder to gain access to public interest data in Hungary. This is particularly problematic, taking into consideration that reporting on the government’s abuse of power and the endemic corruption is one of the last remaining checks and balances in Hungary.
 

Our Game

  • Corruption
  • Politics

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.

The Ematum Deal in Mozambique

  • Agriculture
  • Corruption
  • Organised crime

How much of the $850 million budget that the publicly-privately owned Mozambican company Ematum had to purchase a fishing fleet actually went to military hardware? 

Land Grabbing in the EU: How Rabobank is profiting off theft and abuse in Romania

  • Corruption
  • Economy
  • Europe

The Dutch banking giant Rabobank is accused of profiting off the back of fraud, forgery and the systematic abuse of hundreds of Romania's poorest citizens, in a huge and aggressive land grab in Eastern Europe.