Every government for itself – VoxEurop (English)

Besides its devastating impact on human health and the global economy, the coronavirus epidemic is also a live-action, real-time test of European member states’ capacity for coordination, at a time when intergovernmentalism prevails, lament three Belgium-based academics. While the European Union has certain instruments at its disposal for managing cross-border epidemics, these instruments remain rudimentary. […]

The European Republic begins in Tuscany – VoxEurop (English)

While waiting for the Conference on the future of Europe in May, civil society, along with several municipalities and pro-European associations, met on 15 February in the Tuscan city of Scandicci. They are mobilising for the European Republic, based on the equal rights of European citizens. In advance of the Conference for the future of […]

There is no dodging the demographic crisis – VoxEurop (English)

In parts of Europe, emigration poses a much bigger challenge than immigration. A few decades from now, writes Slavenka Drakulić, Croatia will be a country of old people with nobody left to take care of them. And instead of real solutions, politicians offer nothing but empty promises and patriotic slogans. Back in December, many were […]

What about social objectives? – VoxEurop (English)

Will the European Commission’s ambitious climate programme achieve the goal of “building a more social Europe” that it set itself after the 2008 crisis? In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2007-2008, “establishing a more social Europe” became one of the objectives of the Juncker Commission. One of the catchy policy mantras that signified […]

A European battle for truth and justice – VoxEurop (English)

Four years after the death of the young Italian researcher, EuropaNow! asks European cities to demand that the Egyptian government explain the circumstances around his brutal murder. Four years have passed since the young researcher Giulio Regeni was abducted in Cairo, before being tortured and murdered, his body left in a ditch along a highway. […]

Time for Europe to live up to its responsibilities – VoxEurop (English)

Geopolitically isolated but economically strong, the EU should enter the new decade by finally becoming an independent global player, defending its institutions and values, says political scientist Cas Mudde. After the Decade of Disruption, 2020 will be the start of a decade (and more) of restoration – not of the past but of a future […]

Railway transport | Data: Six infographics to explain how affordable and fast trains in Europe are – VoxEurop (English)

Where in Europe is taking the train fast and affordable, and where is it not? Journalism ++ and the European Data Journalism Network has gathered data on train journeys from 28 booking websites across Europe, collecting more than 8,000 single journey ticket prices and travel times for 73 sample routes. If you live in a […]

Out of the hat – VoxEurop (English)

Following the 9 December summit in Paris with President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose countries have been at war since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, have agreed to exchange all respective prisoners by the end of the year, to disengage their soldiers […]

Europe will likely miss 2030 climate goals – VoxEurop (English)

While the Commission is unveiling its Green Deal on 11 December, the European Environmental Agency’s latest report says that Europe as a while will not achieve its 2030 climate and energy targets if no urgent action is taken in the 10 coming years. The European Environmental Agency (EEA) new report published on 4 December predicts […]

The carbon footprint of European ships – VoxEurop (English)

The first of its kind, a new study quantifies the volume of European shipping companies’ greenhouse gas emissions. Despite being among the most polluting companies, European fleets are under no obligation to reduce their emissions. In 2018, European maritime transport for both goods and passengers poured around 139 million tons of CO2, the most widespread […]