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Operation Sophia

  • Human Rights
  • Migration
  • Organised crime
  • Politics

Consequences of the EU's Attempt to Neutralise People Smugglers

TRIPOLI - 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.

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.

Nigeria's artist village

  • Art
Inspired by the staggering success of its film industry Nollywood, Nigeria now wants to boost its other creative industries. Culture is primed to be the country's next oil. The government has labeled the cultural sector ‘potentially the biggest source of economical growth’ and accords it preferred status. A flourishing cultural sector is expected to provide jobs, improve Nigeria’s international standing and attract foreign capital.
 

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.

The Watch List

  • Economy
  • Terrorism

LONDON - Innocent people around the world have been added to a watch list of terrorists and criminals, an investigation reveals today. Research by an international consortium of media organisations exposes the secret World Check database, which lists over 2 million people.

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. 

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.